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Giving patients rosuvastatin before surgery does not prevent complications, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 06 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2571
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Perioperative rosuvastatin does not prevent postoperative atrial fibrillation or perioperative myocardial damage in patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery and is associated with an increased risk of acute kidney injury, a large randomised study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown.1

Researchers randomly assigned 1922 adult patients in sinus rhythm who were scheduled to undergo elective cardiac surgery with either coronary artery bypass grafting or surgical aortic valve replacement, or both, to perioperative rosuvastatin (20 mg daily) or placebo. Patients …

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