Friday, April 18, 2008

Perioperative statin use

Evidence is mounting in favor of the perioperative use of statin drugs to reduce surgical risk. The ACC guidelines for perioperative evaluation and management of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery now give statins virtually equal status with beta blockers, recommending that patients already taking statins have them continued throughout the perioperative period.

I previously discussed perioperative statin use in a post from last September.

More recently this review of evidence and a summary of current recommendations appeared in Annals of Surgery.

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