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Statins and surviving pneumonia
It is accepted that the beneficial effects of statins on cardiovascular disease are not solely due to lipid lowering, but that these drugs have anti-inflammatory effects and alter the body's immune response. It has been observed that patients already taking statins are less likely to develop or die of sepsis if they contract pneumonia.
This study from Canada aimed to determine whether statins reduce mortality or need for admission to intensive care in patients admitted to hospital with pneumonia.
Of 3,415 patients admitted to hospital with …