Last updated on September 2007

Simvastatin in Patients With Septic Shock


Brief description of study

The beneficial effect of statins to prevent cardiovascular events in patients at risk is well established. Recent trials demonstrated that statins can exert a number of vascular actions independent of lipid lowering. Short-term simvastatin therapy recently has been reported to reduce mortality in 2 different animal models of sepsis. Pleiner and coworkers could demonstrate potent vasoprotective properties of simvastatin during Escherichia coli endotoxin induced endotoxemia in healthy volunteers. In a population-based cohort analysis it was demonstrated that administration of statins was associated with a reduced risk of subsequent sepsis. Thus, simvastatin treatment may offer a new therapeutic strategy for clinical conditions associated with inflammation like severe sepsis and septic shock. The aim of the present study is to test the hypothesis that short term treatment with simvastatin may mitigate the detrimental vascular effects of acute inflammation in patients admitted to the intensive care unit requiring treatment for septic shock.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00450840

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Valentin Fuhrmann, MD

Medical University of Vienna, Dep. of Internal Medicine III
Vienna, Austria
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