Statins and sudden cardiac death - mini review on available data
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Department of Hypertension, Chair of Nephrology and Hypertension, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
Polish Mother’s Memorial Hospital Research Institute (PMMHRI), Lodz, Poland
Maciej Banach   

Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Lodz, Poland, Sterlinga 1/3, 91-425 Lodz, Poland
Publication date: 2017-01-17
Heart Beat 2016;1:47–50
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is one of the leading causes of mortality and remains an important clinical and public health issue. Some studies indicated that statins might be associated with a decreased risk of SCD; however, the available data is inconsistent and limited. Statins beside their lipid-lowering effects, exhibit pleiotropic properties, which might play a role in cardiovascular (CV) protection. There are studies, which indicated the possible direct anti-arrhythmic properties of statin, which might prevent cardiac mortality. The purpose of the present review is to synthesize results of recent studies on influence of statin therapy on sudden cardiac death.