Patients who undergo cardiac surgery often have underlying health problems that can slow down the healing of their wounds.
This could be set to change; a systematic review carried out recently has suggested that statins, drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol, could be used to speed up the healing process.
For the study the researchers reviewed data from 20 cohort studies involving statin use and heart surgery.
They found that on average those using statins following heart surgery had a reduced wound healing time from 18.7 days to 13 days on average. They also found that statin users reported having smaller scars.
“Statins have become one of the most widely prescribed medications in the world. While they are typically used to manage high cholesterol levels, a number of researchers have been investigating the benefits of statins in other conditions, such as severe infections or following organ transplantation,” the researchers explained.