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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cardiac surgery patients on statins have a 10% increased risk of delirium

This study was published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2010 Aug;24(4):555-9

Study title and authors:
Modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for postoperative delirium after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass.
Burkhart CS, Dell-Kuster S, Gamberini M, Moeckli A, Grapow M, Filipovic M, Seeberger MD, Monsch AU, Strebel SP, Steiner LA.
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

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Postoperative delirium after cardiac surgery is associated with increased death rates.

The study sought to identify risk factors associated with the development of postoperative delirium in elderly patients after elective cardiac surgery. The study included 113 patients aged 65 or older undergoing elective cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass.

Regarding statins, the study found that patients taking statins had a 10% increased risk of delirium compared to patients not taking statins.