Statin Drugs May Cut Risk of Kidney Trouble After Surgery
Study: Older Adults Taking the Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Had Lower Odds of Post-Surgical Kidney Failure
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How Statins May Protect the Kidneys
Acute kidney injury is a common complication after surgery. Depending on how researchers define it, studies have shown that it may occur in up to 40% of patients.
It’s more common in older patients and with heart procedures that require heart and lung bypass.
Though doctors don’t exactly know how or why it happens, it’s thought that the kidneys become deprived of oxygen, which causes a cascade of damage that in some cases may become serious enough to require dialysis.
Studies in animals suggest that statins may help by blocking some of the inflammatory damage that ultimately results in kidney failure.
But the study’s authors point out that more research will be needed before doctors can recommend using statins as a protective measure before an operation.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.