Statins 'may lower AF risk in women with coronary disease'

Statins could help to lower the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) in women with coronary disease, according to US research.

Photograph: iStockphoto/Sean Locke
Photograph: iStockphoto/Sean Locke

The study involved 2,673 post-menopausal women with coronary disease who were followed up over four years for the development of AF.

Overall, 88 women developed AF. Women who were taking statins were found to be 55% less likely to develop AF than women who were not taking the drugs.

However, in an accompanying editorial, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, caution that the clinical efficacy of statin therapy for prevention of AF has not been well established.

They add that further studies are needed as the data examining the impact of statin therapy on AF in women is especially limited.

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