Statins May Protect Against Kidney Complications Following Elective Surgery, University of Western Ontario and Collaborators Study Finds
4/15/2011 7:15:38 AM
EurekAlert! -- Taking a statin before having major elective surgery reduces potentially serious kidney complications, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). Each year, more than 230 million major elective surgeries are performed around the world. Unfortunately, many patients who undergo major operations develop kidney injury soon after surgery, often due to decreased blood flow to the kidneys and/or the effects of inflammation.