Cholesterol-lowering statins not only benefit the heart but also sustain lung function in heart disease patients, particularly in cigarette smokers, researchers report. Statin users reported half the rate of respiratory decline when compared with non-statin users in a study of 803 patients over a 10-year period, and experts say the findings should lead to further study. Researchers also say the results raise the possibility that statins could help regenerate deteriorating lung tissue.

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