Background: Studies suggest that statins decrease mortality in COPD patients but it is unknown which patients might benefit most. Objectives: We investigated whether statins were associated with reduced mortality in COPD patients and whether effects differed according to baseline high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) concentration, a marker of systemic inflammation. Methods: This nested case-control study was part of the Rotterdam Study, a prospective population-based cohort study among 7983 subjects ≥ 55 years. Using automated pharmacy records, we evaluated statin use of 363 cases (COPD patients who died during follow-up of 17 years) with 2345 age and sex matched controls (COPD patients who survived the follow-up period of the index case). Results: Compared to never use, long-term statin use (>2 years) was associated with a 39% decreased risk of death in COPD patients. Stratified according to the level of systemic inflammation, long-term statin use was associated with a 78% reduced mortality if hsCRP level > 3 mg/L, versus a non significant 21% reduced mortality if hsCRP level ≤ 3 mg/L. Conclusions: Statin use is associated with a beneficial effect on all-cause mortality in COPD, depending on the baseline level of systemic inflammation.

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Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Lahousse, L, Loth, D.W, Joos, G.F, Hofman, B, Leufkens, H.G.M, Brusselle, G.G, & Stricker, B.H.Ch. (2013). Statins, systemic inflammation and risk of death in COPD: The Rotterdam study. Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 26(2), 212–217. doi:10.1016/j.pupt.2012.10.008