Popular statins may help prevent pneumonia

April 5, 2011 2:22:15 PM PDT
Popular cholesterol-lowering drugs could possibly help people suffering from pneumonia, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.

It found drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor could help prevent people dying from pneumonia.

But investigators are not saying everyone should take statins to protect themselves in case they get pneumonia. Instead they say further research should begin to see whether statins should be given to patients with severe infections who are diagnosed with pneumonia.

Previous studies have suggested statins may be linked to better outcomes after bacterial infection.