Preprocedural statin medication reduces the extent of periprocedural non-Q-wave myocardial infarction

Joerg Herrmann, Amir Lerman, Dietrich Baumgart, Lothar Volbracht, Rainer Schulz, Clemens Von Birgelen, Michael Haude, Gerd Heusch, Raimund Erbel*

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Background - Stenting-related myocardial injury has been recognized as a frequent and prognostically important event, the extent of which depends on microcirculatory impairment in association with platelet aggregations, inflammation, and increased oxidative stress. Recent studies underscored the non-lipid-lowering effects of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins) with antithrombotic, antiinflammatory and antioxidative aspects. Thus, we tested the hypothesis that preprocedural statin therapy is associated with a reduction in the extent of stenting-related myocardial injury. Methods and Results - We stratified 296 consecutive patients who were undergoing stenting of a de novo stenosis according to the preprocedural status of statin therapy (229 statin-treated and 67 control patients). Incidence of periprocedural myocardial injury was assessed by analysis of creatine kinase (CK; upper limit of normal [ULN] 70 IU/L for women, 80 IU/L for men) and cardiac troponin T (cTnT; bedside test; threshold 0.1 ng/mL) before and 6, 12, and 24 hours after the intervention. Relative to control patients, the incidence of CK elevation >3× ULN was more than 90% lower in statin-treated patients (0.4% versus 6.0%, P= 0.01). Statin therapy was the only factor independently associated with a lower risk of CK elevation >3× ULN (OR: 0.08, 95% CI: 0.01 to 0.75; P=0.03). The overall incidences of CK and cardiac troponin T elevation were slightly lower in statin-treated than in control patients (14.4% versus 20.9%, P=0.3, and 17.9% versus 22.4%, P=0.5, respectively). Conclusions - Preprocedural statin therapy is associated with a reduction in the incidence of larger-sized, stenting-related myocardial infarctions. Prospective, randomized trials are warranted to further assess this cardioprotective effect of statins in coronary intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2180-2183
Number of pages4
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Creatine kinase
  • Inhibitors
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Stents


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