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Statins may have COPD benefit

Statins may have a beneficial effect on the morbidity and mortality of patients with COPD, Canadian research suggests.

A systematic review of nine studies found all showed a benefit from statin therapy for various outcomes in COPD patients.

Three trials showed an improvement in the number of COPD exacerbations, one improved the number and time to COPD-related intubations, and another found an improvement in pulmonary function. One trial found an improvement in exercise capacity and two an reduction in mortality from COPD. Three trials found a reduction in all-cause mortality.

Chest, September 2009 136:734-743

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