Study: Satins Work Well in Reducing Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack, and Kidney Problems after Surgery

Study: Satins Work Well in Reducing Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack, and Kidney Problems after Surgery

A new study has come up with findings that Statins that are used to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood are apparently beneficial to reduce cardiac complications in patients who receive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The statins that are known to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol are known to reduce complications that can occur after surgery, such as atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular and abrupt heart rate that can cause stroke, can be reduced. According to the MedlinePlus from the U.S National Library of Medicine, Statins which interfere with the production of the substance in the liver are known to slow the formation of plaques in the arteries.

Despite of showing properties to reduce cholesterol levels, statins can also prove well in avoiding inflammation. F. Barakat, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the team studied the effects of the drug while patients used it before and after surgery. According to Dr. Barakat, the current evidence demonstrates that using statins can apparently reduce the risk of a stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems after surgery. But, he added that more study is needed to conclude the results.

Dr. Elgendy, from the University of Florida in Gainesville, said “Taking statins prior to CABG surgery can help protect patients against developing atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that is a common complication following heart surgery. Statin use also seems to be associated with a reduced risk of death during and immediately after surgery”. As per the statistical report released, more than 36 million people take statins in the United States. Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force declared that adults in ages between 40 and 75 years, that have at least 10% of risk of getting heart diseases, should take the medicine. Also, those with a risk of 7.5% should do the same as a preventive measure.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year approximately 610,000 Americans die of heart disease, which represents an amount of 1 in every 4 deaths is the country. High blood pressure, high bad cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity are some of the risk factors associated with heart disease.