Fast Five Quiz: Prevention of Repeat Myocardial Infarction

Yasmine S. Ali, MD


December 14, 2020

According to an American Heart Association scientific statement on secondary prevention following CABG, moderate-intensity statin therapy is recommended for patients at greater risk for drug-drug interactions following coronary artery bypass surgery, such as those older than 75 years. In addition, moderate-intensity statin therapy is recommended for patients who cannot tolerate high-intensity therapy.

The American Heart Association further recommends against discontinuing statin therapy prior to CABG. Statin therapy should also be quickly resumed following surgery unless patients have adverse reactions to the therapy.

Postoperative high-intensity statin therapy is recommended for all patients undergoing CABG who are younger than 75 years.

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