Prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy by chronic pravastatin treatment in patients with cardiovascular disease and renal insufficiency

J Cardiol. 2009 Oct;54(2):192-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2009.05.006. Epub 2009 Jun 23.


Background: Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is known to increase morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular disease. Recent studies have shown statins prevented CIN after contrast media exposure, but optimal statin type and dosage are still unknown.

Purpose: The aims of the present study were to evaluate whether chronic pravastatin treatment before scheduled coronary angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention could reduce the incidence of CIN and to elucidate the factors related to CIN in patients with renal insufficiency.

Methods: We studied 431 consecutive patients with renal insufficiency. One hundred ninety-four patients were receiving pravastatin treatment as standard chronic treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Serum creatinine levels were measured at baseline (pre-procedure) and within 48 h after contrast media exposure (peak post-procedure). CIN was defined as an increase in the serum creatinine values of > or = 25% or > or = 0.5 mg/dl after contrast media exposure. Logistic regression analysis was performed to evaluate the important factors related to CIN using four variables: age, pravastatin, pre-procedure serum creatinine, and contrast volume.

Results: CIN was observed in 36 patients (8.4%). Patients without pravastatin (p<0.01), high level pre-procedure serum creatinine (p<0.01), and high contrast volume (p=0.034) had a significantly higher incidence of CIN. Logistic regression analysis revealed that pravastatin treatment (chi(2)=6.549, p=0.011, odds ratio=0.34), pre-procedure serum creatinine (chi(2)=6.294, p=0.009, odds ratio=2.78), and contrast volume (chi(2)=4.484, p=0.034, odds ratio=1.01) were independently related to the decreased risk of CIN.

Conclusions: Chronic pravastatin treatment before contrast media exposure was important for preventing CIN in patients with renal insufficiency. Also, reducing the dose of contrast media was important for preventing CIN in patients with high-baseline serum creatinine levels.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angioplasty*
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Contrast Media / adverse effects*
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Creatinine / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / administration & dosage*
  • Kidney Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnosis
  • Kidney Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pravastatin / administration & dosage*
  • Renal Insufficiency / complications
  • Risk Factors


  • Biomarkers
  • Contrast Media
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Creatinine
  • Pravastatin