HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Statins reduce the risk of stroke and death after carotid artery surgery

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Carotid artery endarterectomy (CEA) is the most commonly performed operation to prevent stroke in the United States. However, the operation itself carries a small risk of stroke. Statin drugs provide protection against stroke and death for patients undergoing CEA when given during the week prior to surgery, according to a new study to be published in the November issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

"Carotid endarterectomy is the most frequently performed operation in peripheral vascular surgery--160,000 to 180,000 of these operations occur each year," said Bruce A. Perler, MD, MBA, lead author of the study. "Even in the best of hands, 1 to 5 percent of patients will have a stroke or die as a complication of the surgery. If we can cut that in half or by two-thirds, that's important."

Dr. Perler, who is the Julius H. Jacobson II Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University and chief of the division of vascular surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., spoke today at the American Medical Association's 24th annual Science Reporters Conference in Washington, D.C.

The study involved a chart review of 1,566 patients who underwent CEA between 1994 and 2004 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. Six hundred fifty-seven, or 42 percent, of these patients received a statin medication for at least one week prior to surgery. Patients who received statin drugs were significantly more likely than others in the study to have cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, male gender and a history of smoking. Yet these high-risk patients experienced a three-fold lower rate of stroke during the days immediately following surgery and a five-fold lower rate of mortality in the same period.

"Statin drugs have been described as the penicillin of the 21st century because while they're given to lower cholesterol le
'"/>

Contact: Eric Vohr
evohr1@jhmi.edu
410-955-8665
American Medical Association
10-Nov-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Statins linked to lower risk of infection
2. Statins protect smokers from lung damage
3. Statins reduce risk of stroke in heart patients
4. Statins prove life-saving in patients with acute coronary syndromes
5. Statins may improve circulation in the retina
6. Statins, beta-blockers lessen heart attack risk, says Stanford-Kaiser study
7. Statins have neutral effect on risk of cancer
8. Statins may simulate stem cells for heart repair
9. Statins use associated with lower risk of fractures
10. Statins protect from death from pneumonia
11. Statins not associated with reduced dementia risk

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Statins reduce the risk stroke and death after carotid artery surgery

(Date:5/22/2015)... Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 Power ... Andrew Drobeck for the 2015 race season. Drobeck is in ... also serves as a firefighter with the Missoula Fire Department ... and became a Pro in 2014. During his career, he ... as a Pro, Drobeck recorded top 10 finishes in all ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... ZH Healthcare (ZH), a ... that Bill Lane, joins ZH’s Advisory Board. ... first of its kind, Freemium SaaS, Electronic Health ... Records (EHR) with an integrated practice management system ... portal, and more. Combined with its Revenue Cycle ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 ... at Sunset Plaza Dental announces that they ... in cosmetic, restorative and other dental treatments. At ... that interest them. Questions regarding what certain treatments ... can also be covered during this initial appointment. ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 Medivo, Inc., a ... “Positivity Rates and Genotype Results in ‘Baby Boomers’ Screened for ... a Nationwide Lab Test Database” at Digestive Disease Week, May ... Clinical Affairs and Analytics team members Carol Smyth, MB; Jason ... Andrea Parker, MSI, along with Nancy Reau, MD from the ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... May 22, 2015 A Phase ... the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s annual ... survival rates for those patients who received bevacizumab ... of pemetrexed/cisplatin. Bevacizumab (Avastin® Genentech, Inc.) is an ... it is already routinely used to treat many ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:ZH Healthcare Adds Bill Lane to Advisory Board 2Health News:West Hollywood Dental Office, Sunset Plaza Dental is Now Offering Complimentary Consultations 2Health News:Medivo Study Finds HCV Positivity Rates are 250% Higher Among Baby Boomers 2Health News:Mesothelioma Research Organization Excited About Imminent Improvement to Standard of Care 2
(Date:5/22/2015)... 20, 2015 Research and Markets( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/28m7nx/guide_to_prepare ... "Guide to Prepare Application Dossiers for Oversea Medical ... " report to their offering. ... segment market of the most growth potentiality, which ... manufacturers and producers to penetrate such market. It ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... a sweeping analysis assessing the current state of diabetes ... conclude that there remains considerable room for improving treatment ... but especially for adolescents and young adults. The analysis ... the need to address barriers to care and implement ... patients achieve optimal metabolic control. The ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... , May 21, 2015 ... ) has announced the addition of the ... Type (Ankle Replacement, Digit Replacement, Elbow Replacement, ... Forecast to 2019" report to their ... for knee replacement was valued at $4,470.9 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:China Guide to Prepare Application Dossiers for Oversea Medical Device Registration and Recordation 2China Guide to Prepare Application Dossiers for Oversea Medical Device Registration and Recordation 3Study Reveals Poor Disease Control Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes 2Study Reveals Poor Disease Control Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes 3Study Reveals Poor Disease Control Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes 4Study Reveals Poor Disease Control Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes 5North American Joint Reconstruction Market 2015-2019 - Zimmer Holdings, DePuy Synthes Companies, Stryker, Biomet & Smith & Nephew Dominates the $4.4 Billion Market 2
Cached News: