Background: Little is known about the association between baseline kidney function, statin therapy, and outcome after vascular surgery in patients with and without chronic kidney disease. Methods: A total of 2126 patients underwent elective major vascular surgery and were divided into 2 categories based on baseline creatinine clearance (CrCl), calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault equation: CrCl ≥60 mL/min (n = 1358, reference) and CrCl <60 mL/min (n = 768). Outcome measures were 30-day and long-term all-cause, cardiac, and cerebrocardiovascular mortality. Mean follow-up was 6.0 ± 3.7 years. Multivariate Cox regression analysis, including potential confounders and propensity score for statin use, was applied. Data are presented as hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% CI. Results: Thirty-day all-cause, cardiac, and cerebrocardiovascular mortality rates were 3.8% versus 10.2%, 1.3% versus 4.2%, and 2.7% versus 7.8%, respectively, according to the 2 categories of kidney function. In addition, long-term all-cause, cardiac, and cerebrocardiovascular mortality rates were 46.6% versus 72.5%, 14.6% versus 26.4%, and 23.0% versus 40.6%, respectively. Statin therapy was associated with an overall significant improved 30-day and long-term all-cause mortality, independent of other important confounders. However, in patients with a CrCl ≥60 mL/min, the long-term cardiac and cerebrocardiovascular beneficial effects did not reach statistical significance (HR 0.93, 95% CI 0.61-1.41 and HR 0.89, 95% CI 0.63-1.24, respectively) when compared with patients with a CrCl of <60 mL/min (HR 0.63, 95% CI 0.41-0.96 and HR 0.67, 95% CI 0.48-0.94, respectively). Conclusions: The level of kidney function is an independent predictor of short- and long-term outcome after major noncardiac surgery. In addition, perioperative statin use in patients with kidney disease is associated with a reduction in the short- and long-term all-cause, cardiac, and cerebrocardiovascular mortality.,
American Heart Journal
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Welten, G., Chonchol, M., Hoeks, S., Schouten, O., Dunkelgrun, M., van Gestel, Y., … Poldermans, D. (2007). Statin therapy is associated with improved outcomes in vascular surgery patients with renal impairment. American Heart Journal, 154(5), 954–961. doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2007.06.040