Cardiac bypass surgery mortality linked to pre-op statin discontinuation

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While patients frequently forget to take, or are advised to stop taking, medication on the day of surgery, a new study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery suggests ensuring patients on statins continue to take their medication could have a positive impact on cardiac surgery outcomes.

Researchers looked at data for 3,025 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting between 2005 and 2011. They found the incidence of 30-day all-cause mortality was 1.7 per cent for those who had taken statins 24 hours or less preoperatively compared to 2.9 per cent for those w...