Pravastatin versus simvastatin for prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy

Monica A. Muñoz, Pamela R. Maxwell, Kay Green, Darrel W. Hughes, Robert L. Talbert

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Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is associated with long-term morbidity, mortality, and increased health care costs. It has been suggested that statins have pleiotropic effects countering inflammatory and oxidative stress involved in CIN. Several studies support this theory; however, previously published studies have not evaluated the potential differences between statins in reducing the incidence of CIN. The purpose of this retrospective, single-center trial was to compare the incidence of CIN in patients receiving simvastatin or pravastatin therapy undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). A total of 261 patients were included (145 received simvastatin and 116 received pravastatin) with the majority undergoing elective PCI. The population was predominantly male (65%), Hispanic (65%), and diabetic (62%), with a mean age of 59 years and a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) of 85 mg/dL. No significant differences were found between groups for risk factors or prophylactic strategies (eg, hydration). Contrast-induced nephropathy occurred in 26 patients (17.9%) in the simvastatin group versus 10 (8.6%) in the pravastatin group (P <.05). No patients required dialysis as a result of contrast administration. Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurred in 21 patients (14.5%) in the simvastatin group compared to 8 (6.9%) in the pravastatin group (P <.05). In multivariate analysis, the difference between statins remained an independent predictor for the development of CIN. In conclusion, patients on pravastatin had a significantly lower incidence of CIN compared to patients on simvastatin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-379
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • contrast-induced nephropathy
  • prevention
  • statins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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