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Statins in the Medical Management of Postoperative Coronary Artery Bypass

John C. Alexander, Jr, MD
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Affiliations: Hackensack, NJ
 ,  Dr. Alexander is Professor of Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) at Newark and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Correspondence to: John C. Alexander, Jr, MD, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601; e-mail: jalexander@humed.com



Chest. 2005;127(2):423-424. doi:10.1378/chest.127.2.423
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This issue of CHEST (see page 455) contains an article by Khanderia et al that describes an experience at the University of Michigan concerning the incorporation of statins in the medical management of postoperative coronary artery bypass patients. The authors do an excellent job of describing the basic science that supports the incorporation of statins into the postoperative medical regimen of patients who have undergone coronary bypass grafting. There appears to be little doubt that statins are associated with improved outcomes in these patients. The evidence appears to be undeniable that statins should be a part of every postoperative coronary bypass patient’s regimen unless there is some genuine reason for exclusion such as hepatic toxicity.

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