Asthma drugs cut risk of CVD

Some asthma medications might help reduce cardiovascular risk and alleviate asthma symptoms, a US study has shown.

It found patients given low-dose theophylline add-on therapy or the leukotrine receptor antagonist montelukast for asthma had lower cardiovascular disease blood risk factors.

Both drugs are recommended by British Thoracic Society/SIGN guidelines for asthma patients who do not respond to long acting beta-2 agonists.

The study included 489 patients aged from 15-79 years who were diagnosed with asthma, but had an FEV1 greater than 50 per cent.

Dr Steve Holmes, Somerset GP and General Practice Airways Group (GPIAG) chairman said: 'This study looked very much at surrogate markers rather than actual outcomes.'

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