Sumary of Statins May Help Protect Against Severe COVID-19 A new study finds that for people with a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, cholesterol-lowering statins help lower risk of dying from COVID-19.:
- TUESDAY, July 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Could cholesterol-lowering statins help lower your risk of dying from COVID-19? For patients with a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, the answer appears to be yes.
- In the end, about a fifth of the patients either succumbed to COVID-19 or were discharged to a hospice setting.
- “[But] we found that patients taking statin medications prior to getting hospitalized due to COVID-19 had a 41% lower risk of dying during that hospitalization, even after adjusting for other factors like age, gender, other medical problems, and what type of medical insurance they had,” said study author Dr. Lori Daniels.
- After analyzing data amassed by the American Heart Association, the team also concluded that statin use was similarly linked to a 25% lower risk for developing a “severe outcome” as a result of COVID-19 infection.
- Statins might have this effect by “stabilizing the underlying heart conditions for which they are prescribed, making patients more likely to recover from COVID-19,” said Daniels, director of the cardiovascular intensive care unit at the University of California, San Diego.