Statin Drugs Recommended for those Undergoing Surgery to
Fight Infections - Prevent Sepsis
January 25th 2006
Statins may lower the risk of major infections, according to a study
published in this weeks The Lancet. Statins are a class of drugs that
lower cholesterol. Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lesocol, Crestor and
Mevacor are all statin drugs.
These statin drugs may have side effects including liver and kidney
damage according to the newmediaexplorer.org website. The Bayer statin
Baycol was removed from the market because of these side effects.
There may be some good side effects as well. Researchers analyzed
69,000 patients who were initially hospitalized for a heart problem.
They followed these patients and found that those who used statin drugs
were much less likely to develop sepsis than those that did not use the
drug. Sepsis is a massive bloodstream infection.
These statin drug users were also less likely to develop a sever case of
sepsis and die from it. People that need to undergo high-risk surgeries
may want to consider starting a short-term course of statins, according
to ABC News. Dr. Donald A Redelmeir of the Sunnybrook and Women’s
College Health Sciences Center in Toronto said these patients should
consider the drugs use “even if they do not have heart disease or high
Statins may benefit people at a high risk for developing infections.
People with diabetes, kidney failure and previous infections should
consider using these drugs. Also patients undergoing bowel resection
surgery should consider statins to prevent a bacterial infection.
Other cholesterol lowering drugs such as Cholestyramine and nicotinic
acid did not have the same effect. This study backs up previous animal
studies that showed a reduced risk of sepsis when statins were used. It
is not clearly known why statins prevent infections, but they may do
this by altering the immune system and blocking inflammation.
According to the Mercola.com website, there are at least 12 million
Americans taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, mostly statins, and
experts' recommend that another 23 million should be taking them. It is
important to remain educated on this issue and understand statin drug
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