HealthDay News — Statin use is associated with a reduced risk of all-cause and pulmonary-related mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study published online in Chest.

Adam Raymakers, from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and colleagues evaluated the association of statin use with all-cause and pulmonary-related mortality in patients with COPD. They used individual prescription records to identify 39,678 COPD patients, of whom 7775 had received at least 1 statin in the 1-year period after COPD diagnosis.

The researchers found that there were 1446 all-cause deaths recorded within the cohort in the 1-year exposure window. 

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In multivariate analysis, the estimated hazard ratio for statin exposure was 0.79, suggesting a 21% reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality. There was also a considerable reduction in the risk for pulmonary-related mortality (HR, 0.55).

“This study shows that statin use in a population-based cohort of COPD patients may confer benefits in terms of reduced pulmonary-related and all-cause mortality,” conclude the authors.

One author reports financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

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Raymakers AJN, Sadatsafavi M, Sin DD, De Vera MA, Lynd LD. The impact of statin drug use on all-cause mortality in patients with COPD: a population-based cohort study. Chest. 2017;152(3):486-493.