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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 402481, 10 pages
Research Article

Atorvastatin Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Reduces Serum High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Levels

1Department of Emergency, Weifang People’s Hospital, Weifang 261041, China
2Department of Cardiology, Linyi People’s Hospital, Linyi 276003, China
3Department of Cardiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin 150001, China

Received 25 September 2014; Revised 16 December 2014; Accepted 16 December 2014

Academic Editor: Bas J. D. Boukens

Copyright © 2015 Fang-Cheng Su et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We investigated whether serum hs-CRP levels predict the efficacy of atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with atorvastatin. Bibliographic databases were exhaustively searched for studies relevant to the research topic. Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS) criteria, combined with the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS), were applied for study quality assessment. Our meta-analysis identified seven cohort studies (2006~2013), providing information on the change in serum hs-CRP levels in AF patients receiving atorvastatin therapy. After atorvastatin treatment, hs-CRP level in AF patients decreased significantly (SMD = 1.02, 95% CI: 0.58–1.47, ). Subgroup analysis by country and hs-CRP detection methods suggested a negative relationship between atorvastatin treatment and hs-CRP levels among Chinese AF patients (SMD = 1.34, 95% CI: 1.00–1.69, ) and by using ELISA method (SMD = 1.11, 95% CI: 0.51–1.71, ), but not among Turkish population and using INA method (all ). Egger’s test showed no publication bias (). hs-CRP was clearly lowered in AF patients treated with atorvastatin, which may be helpful in the choice of statin agents for AF treatment. However, longer follow-ups are necessary to assess the clinical value of lowering hs-CRP in the clinical setting of AF treatment outcomes.