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The Effects of Melatonin on the Oxidative Stress and Duration of Atrial Fibrillation After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial

[ Vol. 21 , Issue. 6 ]

Author(s):

Saghar Barati, Alireza Jahangirifard, Zargham H. Ahmadi, Maria Tavakoli-Ardakani and Farzaneh Dastan*   Pages 1171 - 1178 ( 8 )

Abstract:


Background: Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a common complication following Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) Surgery, which may be due to oxidative stress, necrosis and inflammation during CABG and can lead to increases the length of hospital stay and the risk of morbidity and mortality. Melatonin is a hormone with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in the cardiovascular system. This study assessed the efficacy of sublingual consumption of melatonin in reducing necrosis and inflammation, in patients undergoing CABG with respect to C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), Creatine Kinase-Muscle-Brain subunits (CK-MB) and cardiac Troponin T (cTnT) levels.

Methods: One hundred and two patients were enrolled and twenty-six patients were excluded during the study process and finally seventy-six patients undergoing CABG surgery randomly assigned to melatonin group (n = 38, 12 mg sublingual melatonin the evening before and 1 hour before surgery, or the control group which did not receive Melatonin, n = 38). Three patients in the melatonin group and three patients in the control group were excluded from the study because of discontinued intervention and lost to follow up. The samples were collected before and 24 hours after surgery. hs-CRP, CK-MB, and cTnT levels were measured in all patients with the Elisa method.

Results: There was no significant difference in influencing variables among the groups at the baseline. The incidence of AF following CABG surgery was not statistically significant between the two groups, (p-value = 0.71). However, the duration of AF (p-value = 0.01), the levels of hs-CRP (p-value = 0.001) and CK-MB (p-value = 0.004) measured, 24 hours after surgery were significantly lower in the melatonin group. cTnT levels measured 24 hours post-CABG did not show any significant difference in both groups (p-value = 0.52).

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that the administration of melatonin may help modulate oxidative stress, based on the reduction of the levels of hs-CRP, CK-MB, and the duration of AF following CABG surgery.

Keywords:

Atrial fibrillation, coronary artery, bypass graft surgery, melatonin, oxidative stress, angina.

Affiliation:

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Lung Transplantation Research Center, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NRITLD), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Lung Transplantation Research Center, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NRITLD), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran



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