Study Suggests Statins May Help Prevent Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a heartbeat irregularity that can lead to stroke. But, according to recent research from Dr. Chen-Ying Hung, statins, widely used for cholesterol, may help prevent heartbeat abnormality in elderly patients with high-blood pressure. The study reviewed the medical records of 1 million people and found statins reduced the risk of developing atrial fibrillation by 19 percent. Despite the results, however, the study’s authors caution that the findings are preliminary and couldn’t yet confirm the effectiveness of statins for treatment of heartbeat abnormalities. Still the study is encouraging and adds to growing research testing the usefulness of statins for other diseases and conditions. More here.