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Statins may slash risk of dying after an operation

By Jane Kirby

Published 02/09/2015

Using statins before an operation appears to have a powerful effect on the patient
Using statins before an operation appears to have a powerful effect on the patient

Giving people statins before an operation could cut their risk of dying or suffering complications, research suggests.

The cholesterol-busting drugs are normally only prescribed for patients with heart conditions or who are at risk of heart attacks or stroke.

But a new study suggests that administering statins to people undergoing operations unrelated to their heart may have a powerful effect.

The research on more than 6,000 people found that giving statins before operations cut the chance of cardiovascular complications by 17%.

Statins were also linked to a 43% lower chance of dying from any cause and a 52% reduced risk of dying from a heart-related problem within 30 days of the operation.

The study, which involved patients from eight different countries between 2007 and 2011, looked at people given statins before all types of surgery unrelated to the heart.

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