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The use of statins or an anti-hypertension medication was associated with a 32 percent lower risk of death among Covid-19 inpatients.

Patients taking statin medications -- commonly used to reduce blood cholesterol levels -- are at a 41 percent lower risk of in-hospital death from Covid-19, researchers have found.

Statins block liver enzymes responsible for making cholesterol. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 93 percent of patients who use a cholesterol-lowering drug use a statin.

The use of statins or an anti-hypertension medication was associated with a 32 percent lower risk of death among Covid-19 inpatients with a history of cardiovascular disease or hypertension.

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This is because statins and anti-hypertension medications stabilize the underlying diseases for which they are prescribed, making patients more likely to recover from Covid-19, according to researchers from the University of California San Diego.

In the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the research team analyzed anonymized medical records of 10,541 patients admitted for Covid-19 over a nine-month period, January through September 2020, at 104 different hospitals in the US.

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