Monday, January 20, 2014
Fitness + Statins Lowers Mortality Risk
Cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins also help to lower blood pressure. A new study reports that:
Mortality risk was 34% lower among high blood pressure individuals treated with statins compared with those not on statins. Fitness also limited mortatlity risk by approximayely the same measure. However, the combination of statin therapy and higher fitness lowered mortality risk in hypertensive individuals more effectively than either alone. The risk reduction associated with moderate increases in fitness was similar to that achieved by statin therapy. Higher fitness was associated with 52% lower mortality risk when compared with the least fit subjects on statin therapy.