Rheumatoid arthritis patients who quit statins may face raised death risk

People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who stopped taking their cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, raised their chances of dying from cardiovascular disease by 60 percent and dying from any cause by 79 percent during the course of a new study, Canadian researchers report.
Since rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, patients often are prescribed statins to lower their cholesterol. For the study, a team led by Mary De Vera, from the School of Population & Public Health at UBC, used records from more than 37,000 rheumatoid arthritis patients.
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MSN,Wed Mar 28 2012, By: Steve Reinberg, Link to full text