By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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. At least that’s the conclusion of a new study that enlisted roughly 10,500 patients across 104 U.S. hospitals between January and September of 2020.
All had been admitted with a serious bout of COVID-19. Prior to hospitalization, 42% had been taking statins to rein in high cholesterol, with 7% taking statins alone and 35% taking both statins and blood pressure medications.
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…