Statins have been shown to benefit patients with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol, but now research shows that statins may provide significant benefits for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Researchers from the University of British Columbia reviewed data from nine studies that illustrated the beneficial effects of statins on patients with COPD. Further analysis showed that each study provided at least one benefit to patients with COPD, including reduced exacerbations (3 studies); reduction in the number of COPD-related intubations and time to COPD- related intubations (1 study); improved pulmonary function (1 study); improved exercise capacity (1 study); improved mortality (2 studies); and improved all-cause mortality (3 studies).
Researchers conclude that, although statins show promise for patients with COPD, additional research is needed.
The article is published in the September issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.
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