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New Study Suggests Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Reduce Severe Asthma Attacks that Result in Hospitalizations and Emergency Room Visits
Date:3/14/2009

nflammation and swelling of the airways and constriction of the muscles of the bronchial passages. Currently, the recommended drug therapies for treating asthma include the long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids to reduce airway inflammation and mucus production.

Statins are medications used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, but also have known anti-inflammatory properties that may play a role in protecting patients against cardiovascular disease. These same anti-inflammatory effects have also been a subject of interest in the treatment of asthma although statins are currently not approved for use as an asthma medication. As many as 20 to 30 percent of adults with asthma are estimated to also have conditions, such as established cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus, for which statin therapy may be indicated.

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