The Perioperative Effects of Statins in Non Cardiac Surgeries
Background: Statins (3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutarylcoenzyme-A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors) decrease cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. This article reviews the role of perioperative statins in non cardiac surgery.
Methods: A literature review was done on all English published articles till February 2015 about this subject using pubmed. Then the reference list of relevant articles was reviewed for additional resources.
Results: Current evidence shows that not only statins decrease perioperative morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing non cardiac surgery, but also they seem safe during perioperative period.
Conclusion: A properly designed randomized control trial should be performed to assess the perioperative benefits of statins in non cardiac surgery.
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