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VIDEO: Statins cut mortality in ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis



WASHINGTON – Statins lowered all-cause mortality by 32% in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in a retrospective cohort study.

The magnitude of benefit from statins in these two disease states is greater than that found in the general population (estimated 9%-14% reduction in all-cause mortality) and than that reported in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA, 21% reduction), said Amar Oza, MD, a second-year rheumatology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, both in Boston.

“This is a unique study. The benefit of statins has not been looked at in AS and PsA, specifically,” Dr. Oza explained. “More data are needed” to establish this benefit with certainty, he added.

The data were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, and Dr. Oza discussed the findings in a video interview.

The study compared 2,904 patients with AS or PsA who initiated statins between 2000 and 2014 with 2,904 propensity-matched AS or PsA patients who did not initiate statins during that period. Patients were drawn from a United Kingdom general population database.

The investigators used a propensity score that accounted for 50 confounding variables to match the two cohorts. These variables included, but were not limited to, disease duration, socioeconomic status, body mass index, lifestyle factors, and medication use.

“This study is the first step in elucidating the benefit of statins in AS and PsA. It is a good step forward. If additional data substantiate that AS and PsA patients have a low threshold for statins, I can envision statins for both primary and secondary prevention in this patient population,” Dr. Oza stated.

The authors had no relevant financial disclosures.

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