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J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Jan 6;4(1):e001595. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.114.001595.

Lower mortality rate in elderly patients with community-onset pneumonia on treatment with aspirin.

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Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Policlinico Umberto I, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy (M.F., A.R., A.F., P.P., M.V.).
Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties, Policlinico Umberto I, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy (R.C., C.C., F.B., F.V.).
Department of Emergency Medicine, Policlinico Umberto I, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy (M.G.S., G.B.).
Department of Clinical Medicine, Policlinico Umberto I, "Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy (G.T.).



Pneumonia is complicated by high rate of mortality and cardiovascular events (CVEs). The potential benefit of aspirin, which lowers platelet aggregation by inhibition of thromboxane A2 production, is still unclear. The aim of the study was to assess the impact of aspirin on mortality in patients with pneumonia.


Consecutive patients admitted to the University-Hospital Policlinico Umberto I (Rome, Italy) with community-onset pneumonia were recruited and prospectively followed up until discharge or death. The primary end point was the occurrence of death up to 30 days after admission; the secondary end point was the intrahospital incidence of nonfatal myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke. One thousand and five patients (age, 74.7±15.1 years) were included in the study: 390 were receiving aspirin (100 mg/day) at the time of hospitalization, whereas 615 patients were aspirin free. During the follow-up, 16.2% of patients died; among these, 19 (4.9%) were aspirin users and 144 (23.4%; P<0.001) were aspirin nonusers. Overall, nonfatal CVEs occurred in 7% of patients, 8.3% in nonaspirin users, and 4.9% in aspirin users (odds ratio, 1.77; 95% confidence interval, 1.03 to 3.04; P=0.040). The Cox regression analysis showed that pneumonia severity index (PSI), severe sepsis, pleural effusion, and PaO(2)/FiO(2) ratio <300 negatively influenced survival, whereas aspirin therapy was associated with improved survival. Compared to patients receiving aspirin, the propensity score adjusted analysis confirmed that patients not taking aspirin had a hazard ratio of 2.07 (1.08 to 3.98; P=0.029) for total mortality.


This study shows that chronic aspirin use is associated with lower mortality rate within 30 days after hospital admission in a large cohort of patients with pneumonia.


aspirin; pneumonia; septic shock; severe sepsis

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