Bern: Statins prevent cancer and reduce death from all causes in heart transplant recipients, independently of cholesterol levels, says a new study.Frank Enseleit, deputy director of heart failure and transplantation at University Hospital in Zurich, who led the study, says patients can safely begin statin therapy six months after transplantation and they should take the drug for the rest of their lives."We have shown that statin therapy prevents cancer in heart transplant recipients and it is known that statins also prevent graft atherosclerosis," he says. "We have to conclude that it should be a lifelong therapy in heart transplant recipients."Cancer is the leading cause of death late after heart transplantation. Skin cancer is particularly common, but solid organ cancers including colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma also occur.
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