Enrollment is open at Essentia Health for a new clinical trial called Preventable, according to a news release from the health care provider. The study will investigate whether taking atorvastatin, a drug commonly used to lower cholesterol also called Lipitor, can help adults 75 and older maintain their health by preventing dementia, disability and heart disease.

The study will include more than 20,000 participants and 100 sites across the U.S. It will randomize participants without heart disease or dementia to receive either atorvastatin or placebo. Researchers will follow participants for up to five years and test their memory, thinking and physical abilities, and monitor them for events such as heart attacks or strokes.

About one in three people in the U.S. over the age of 75 without heart disease is taking statins. So in addition to learning whether statins can prolong health in older adults, the study will help clarify which older adults should not be taking statins.

For more information, contact Ryan Thiel at 218-786-8856 or Ryan.Thiel@EssentiaHealth.org.