Statins as a preventive medicine for “invisible population”

19-Jun-2019
KEY POINTS FROM ARTICLE:

“Invisible population” are people who aren't identified as at risk by screening programmes.
“Invisible population” are people who are at high risk when you include genetics.
If a genetic risk score was included in the screening programmes the statistics could change harshly.
Genetic test would move 528,000 adults who would have been missed, into the high-risk category.
About 4 million people are being treated with statins in England.
People with risky genetic profiles get the greatest benefits from preventative medication.
Genetic scores are very likely to play a role in the management of heart health in the next decade.

DNA tests might identify ‘invisible population’ who are not currently seen as in danger
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