Statin therapy among chronic kidney disease patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome

the Acute Coronary Syndrome Israel Survey (ACSIS)investigators

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Background and aims: The beneficial effect of statin therapy has been well established for both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Nevertheless, it remains under-used among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We aimed to investigate the impact of statin therapy across a wide spectrum of CKD patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods: We included all patients with ACS enrolled in the Acute Coronary Syndrome Israel Survey (ACSIS)between the years 2006 and 2016, and allocated them to 3 groups according to their renal function based on an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)calculation on admission (MDRD formula): eGFR<30 ml/min/1.73 m2 (n = 525, 6%), eGFR 30–59 ml/min/1.73 m2 (n = 1919, 21%), and eGFR>60 ml/min/1.73 m2 (n = 6501, 73%). Primary outcome included in-hospital, 30-day, and 1-year major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), and the independent prognostic effect of statins among CKD patients with ACS, by Cox regression analysis. Results: All 8945 consecutive ACS patients were included in our analysis. On hospital discharge, statin prescriptions were negatively associated with eGFR]eGFR>60 ml/min/1.73 m2 -95%, eGFR 30–59 ml/min/1.73 m2 -90%, eGFR<30 ml/min/1.73 m2 -78% (p < 0.001 for trend). Kaplan-Meier curves demonstrated both short and long-term higher mortality rates in those prescribed compared with those not prescribed statins (p < 0.001), regardless of renal function. Cox regression analysis revealed the protective effect of discharge statins (HR-0.25, 95% C.I 0.2–0.3, p < 0.001). Conclusions: In our study, the beneficial effect of statins was maintained among CKD patients presenting with ACS. Therefore, these patients should be treated with statins regardless of their eGFR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Prognosis
  • Statins


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