I had never been on a statin before my surgery, but it was added afterwards as a prophylactic, I was told. About a month or two after surgery I had my cholesterol checked, and when it showed good results, my cardio let me stop it.
As an aside, they also put me on a medicine against acid reflux for a while afterwards. My surgeon said they didn't want to risk having that problem in addition to the healing pain..
On-X 21mm Aortic valve, Mitral Annuloplasty 24mm ring, LIMA bypass, 7/21/2009 @ age 39, Dr Mark E Hill
St. Jude Anthem RF Biventricular pacemaker (CRT-P) for Left Bundle Branch Block, 1/11/2010
Heart problems caused by radiation therapy @ age 15, to cure Hodgkin's lymphoma.