Table 1

Baseline characteristics

Baseline characteristicsStatin (n=26)No Statin (n=93)p Value
Age (years)66.41±12.1854.67±12.67≤0.001
Number previous DMARDs*3.0 (2)3.0 (2)0.496
Number previous anti-TNF*0.00 (2)0.00 (2)0.868
C reactive protein*14.1 (34.75)16.6 (34.5)0.626
HAQ-DI1.84±0.661.79±0.640.610
Rheumatoid factor titre*218.00 (0–330)218.00 (0–375)0.731
% Rheumatoid factor positive†79870.352
% CCP positive96960.940
Immunogloblin A3.05±1.362.88±1.110.719
Immunoglobulin M1.24±0.701.65±0.890.047
Immunoglobulin G11.24±2.9512.86±3.550.051
Total B cells*0.0775 (0.0893)0.1107 (0.1744)0.086
Naive B cells*0.0510 (0.0581)0.0779 (0.1257)0.072
Memory B cells*0.0193 (0.0264)0.0211 (0.0289)0.661
Plasma precursors*0.0016 (0.0022)0.0014 (0.0024)0.536
  • All values are mean(SD) compared by Student's t test unless otherwise specified.

  • *Median(IQR), compared by Mann Whitney U test.

  • †>20 IU/ml.

  • CCP, cyclic citrullinated protein; DMARD, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug; HAQ-DI, health assessment questionnaire-disability index; TNF, tumour necrosis factor.