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Josan Kiranbir - - 2008
BACKGROUND: Recent lipid guidelines recommend aggressive low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol lowering in patients with coronary artery disease. To clarify the evidence for this recommendation, we conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials that compared different intensities of statin therapy. METHODS: We searched electronic databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Registery of ...
Tani Shigemasa - - 2008
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that the peripheral blood leukocyte count could be used as a marker of the progression of atherosclerosis. Few data exist regarding the relationship between inhibition of the progression of coronary atherosclerosis and the anti-inflammatory effects of statins, especially the drugs' effects on the leukocyte count in ...
Chatzizisis Yiannis S - - 2008
BACKGROUND: Low endothelial shear stress (ESS) promotes the development of atherosclerosis; however, its role in the progression of atherosclerotic plaques and evolution to inflamed high-risk plaques has not been studied. Our hypothesis was that the lowest values of ESS are responsible for the development of high-risk coronary atherosclerotic plaques associated ...
Iakoubova Olga A - - 2008
OBJECTIVES: We explored whether the benefit of intensive versus moderate statin therapy would be greater in carriers of KIF6 719Arg than in noncarriers. BACKGROUND: The 719Arg variant of Trp719Arg (rs20455), a polymorphism in kinesin-like protein 6, is associated with greater risk of coronary events and greater benefit from pravastatin versus ...
Howard Patricia A - - 2008
OBJECTIVE: To review the published literature evaluating the effectiveness of statin therapy for preventing postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. DATA SOURCES: A MEDLINE search was performed (1950-October 2007) using the search terms statins, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, coronary artery bypass graft, cardiac surgery, and atrial ...
Bersano A - - 2008
Pharmacological studies highlighted pleiotropic effects of statins, that seem to influence atherogenesis not only by increasing atherosclerotic plaque stability but also by modulating endothelial function and inflammation and acting on platelet aggregation and thrombosis. Despite a strong association between increased levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and the incidence of ...
Aasvee Katrin - - 2008
BACKGROUND: The offspring of individuals with a history of premature myocardial infarction are at increased risk of premature coronary attacks. The aim of this study was to determine parent/offspring associations of coronary risk factors in families affected by premature myocardial infarction and to compare these to corresponding control families. METHODS: ...
Shammas Nicolas W - - 2008
Severe graft disease occurs in patients at a rate of approximately 15% within the first year of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). In this study, the authors examined predictors of the combined end point of death, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), and bypass graft disease at 2-year follow-up after CABG. One ...
Paraskevas Kosmas I - - 2008
This editorial discusses whether measuring C-reactive protein (CRP) levels can be used as a predictor of vascular risk. The agents that reduce CRP levels and the evidence for a possible causative role of CRP in the pathogenesis of coronary events and atherosclerosis are also considered. There is a need to ...
Mocan Teodora - - 2008
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Myocardial infarction is an important risk factor for HF, increasing risk 2- to 3-fold. Other identified classical risk factors for HF include left ventricular hypertrophy, valvular heart disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cigarette smoking, obesity, and dyslipidaemia. New mechanisms, such as insulin resistance, inflammation, and oxidative stress, have ...
Kumar Anita A - - 2008
Familial hypercholesterolemia is a single gene disorder with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. Here we report an 18 year old South Indian girl who presented with myocardial infarction. She had xanthomas and an elevated serum low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Her mother and maternal uncle had died at a ...
Biccard B M - - 2008
The utility of peri-operative statin therapy is currently considered to be inconclusive. To provide a platform for more meaningful peri-operative statin literature in the future, this is the first of two review articles evaluating peri-operative statin therapy. This review examines the predictors of cardiovascular outcome and therapeutic targets which are ...
Jong Gwo-Ping - - 2007
The aims of this study were to identify levels of total immunoglobulin E (IgE) and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 in patients with different stages of coronary artery diseases. IgE, MMP-9, creatine phosphokinase (CPK), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) and triglyceride (TG) ...
van Acker Bernadette A C - - 2008
Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) and hepatic lipase (HL) are two HDL modifying proteins that have both pro- and anti-atherogenic properties. We hypothesized that CETP and HL synergistically affect HDL cholesterol and atherosclerotic risk. To test our hypothesis, we analysed the genotype frequencies of CETP Taq1B (rs708272) and LIPC-514C/T (rs1800588) ...
Hoffmann Rainer - - 2008
Recent studies emphasized the non-lipid-lowering effects of hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors on endothelial function, inflammation, and platelet activation in patients with stable atherosclerosis. This study sought to evaluate the impact of statin pretreatment in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) on level of systemic inflammation and myocardial perfusion. A ...
Davidson Michael H - - 2007
It is well recognized that the lowering of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can substantially reduce coronary artery disease (CAD)-related morbidity and mortality. The prevention and management of CAD has chiefly focused on 1 component of the lipid profile: the reduction of LDL cholesterol. Yet, the majority of patients in both ...
McCullough Peter A - - 2007
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) creates one of the highest-risk atherosclerotic states that can occur in human beings. The use of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) has gained widespread acceptance in the general population for the purposes of lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and reducing the future risks of myocardial ...
Novo G - - 2007
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease in subjects with metabolic syndrome and to investigate the relationship between atherosclerosis and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. METHODS: We studied 568 ambulatory subjects, referred to our Center for the ...
Bosevski M - - 2007
The aim of the study was to identify incremental values of carotid ultrasound measurements (carotid plaques and stenosis) on the prediction of future coronary revascularization among type 2 diabetic patients. The second objective was to determine the predictive value of the assessment of blood lipids, BMI, abdominal obesity and the ...
Kumar Amit - - 2007
Lipid-lowering therapy with statins reduces the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with established coronary heart disease (CHD). Traditionally, statins were perceived to lower the long-term cardiovascular risk by reducing elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LCL-C). Recently, this benefit has been established for patients early after acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The ...
Ridker Paul M - - 2007
Inflammation is recognized as a major etiologic determinant of multiple disease states including myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, and individuals with elevated levels of the inflammatory biomarker high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) are at increased risk of mortality and morbidity from these conditions. Novel screening algorithms, such as the ...
Whatling Carl - - 2007
The 5-lipoxygenase pathway is responsible for the production of leukotrienes--inflammatory lipid mediators that have a role in innate immunity, but that can also have pathological effects in inflammatory diseases. Recently, a potential link between leukotriene production and atherosclerosis has been proposed. The expression of leukotriene biosynthetic enzymes and leukotriene receptors ...
Barter Philip J - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Inhibition of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) has been shown to have a substantial effect on plasma lipoprotein levels. We investigated whether torcetrapib, a potent CETP inhibitor, might reduce major cardiovascular events. The trial was terminated prematurely because of an increased risk of death and cardiac events in patients ...
Takashima Hiroaki - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Recent lipid-lowering trials have reported that statin therapy may retard progression or stimulate regression of human coronary plaque. In the present study volumetric intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) analyses were performed to investigate the effect of pitavastatin, a newly developed statin, on regression of human coronary plaque. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty-two ...
Velavan Periaswamy - - 2007
Heart failure (HF) is a common and serious condition that is usually due to coronary artery disease (CAD). Hypercholesterolemia is a major risk factor for CAD but, paradoxically, patients with advanced HF often have low cholesterol, which is associated with a poor prognosis. Cholesterol lowering with statins reduces morbidity and ...
Gullestad Lars - - 2007
HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) have an established place in the treatment of coronary artery disease. However, their role in the treatment of heart failure (HF), including HF due to coronary artery disease, has been controversial since beneficial as well as possible harmful effects may occur. Several recent studies lend ...
Sun Yuhua - - 2007
BACKGROUND: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) could enhance inflammation in atherogenesis when inflammatory response is present, and the activity of paraoxonase and antioxidant in HDL in the elderly is significantly decreased. There might be a different role for high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) between different age groups in patients with coronary heart disease ...
Shanes Jeffrey G - - 2007
The use of statins as therapy for heart failure remains controversial. Nevertheless, many of the pleiotropic effects of statins are potentially applicable in heart failure. Although early statin trials excluded patients with heart failure because of concerns that lowering serum cholesterol could worsen an already poor prognosis, statin treatment has ...
Sakamoto Tomohiro - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Statins are widely used to reduce blood levels of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C). Each statin has unique pharmacokinetic properties; lipophilicity is one such property and relates to tissue selectivity. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Multicenter Study for Aggressive Lipid-lowering Strategy by HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction (MUSASHI-AMI) ...
Caliskan Mustafa - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Statins improve endothelial functioning in patients with coronary artery disease and hypercholesterolemia, while substantially little is known about induced changes in myocardial microcirculation. However, although previous studies have suggested that microvascular abnormalities and endothelial dysfunction is responsible for slow coronary flow (SCF), there is no study investigating possible effects ...
Gratsianskii N A - - 2007
We present the results of the study of lipid-modulating drugs (pravastatin, atorvastatin, simvastatin, and fibrate gemfibrozil) in complicated coronary heart disease (acute coronary syndrome without ST elevation, chronic heart failure. In acute coronary syndrome statins produced a positive effect on some studied parameters, while in heart failure only the safety ...
Cuculi F - - 2008
OBJECTIVES: The role of statin use in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) is not clear. The aim of our study was to evaluate the role of statins in ACS. METHODS: Using data from the Acute Myocardial Infarction in Switzerland (AMIS Plus) Project, we compared the effects of chronic ...
Athyros Vasilios G - - 2007
High triacylglycerol (TAG) levels may predict vascular risk. The effect of a statin-induced reduction in TAG levels, irrespective of HDL-C increase, on clinical outcome has not yet been addressed by an endpoint study in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). The GREACE study compared usual with structured care aimed at ...
Dwivedi Shridhar - - 2007
Ancient Indian physicians used the powdered tree bark of Terminalia arjuna Wight & Arn. for alleviating "hritshool" (angina) and other cardiovascular conditions. Its stem bark possesses glycosides, large quantities of flavonoids, tannins and minerals. Flavonoids have been detected to exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid lowering effects while glycosides are cardiotonic, ...
Kinoshita Masayoshi - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Minor myocardial damage after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with cardiac risks, which statins seem to reduce. The aim of this study was to examine whether intensive lipid-lowering therapy is more effective in decreasing the risk of cardiac injury after PCI than moderate lipid-lowering therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: ...
Raichlin Eugenia R - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome and elevation of inflammatory markers is common in transplant recipients. We investigated the role of insulin resistance and C-reactive protein (CRP) in predicting development of angiographic cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV). METHODS: CRP and lipid profile were measured in 114 cardiac transplant recipients at 4.7 +/- 3.1 years ...
Inoue Teruo - - 2007
There is increasing evidence that statins reduce cardiovascular events such as coronary artery disease or stroke in hypercholesterolemic patients in both primary and secondary prevention. The striking benefit achieved with statin treatments in patients with a wide range of cholesterol levels cannot be attributed to their cholesterol lowering effect alone. ...
Zhang Xuan - - 2007
Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus are prone to premature atherosclerosis. Though atherosclerosis-related coronary artery disease in young lupus patients has been reported, there are a few reports on related central nervous system (CNS) involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus. It is imperative to differentiate CNS-atherosclerosis from active lupus as aggressive immunosuppressive ...
Merla Ramanna - - 2007
After Murry et al (Circulation 1986;74:1124) described ischemic preconditioning in 1986, numerous pharmacologic agents with effects simulating ischemic preconditioning have been identified. With the exception of beta-blockers, most such agents have no proven clinical benefit in the setting of myocardial ischemia. The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) have been ...
Heeneman Sylvia - - 2007
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spondyloarthritides are associated with increased cardiovascular risks, which can only partly be explained by traditional risk factors. It is likely that the chronic inflammatory state is involved. In this review, novel findings regarding cardiac and vascular pathologies and potential overlapping mechanisms will be discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: Cardiac ...
Correia Luis C L - - 2007
It has been claimed that early use of statins in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) protects patients against recurrent ischemic events. This protective effect takes place as early as 4 months after treatment initiation in non-ST elevation ACS, as reported in the MIRACL trial. Mechanisms such as improvement in endothelial function ...
Vun Liew Tze - - 2007
Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) account for an enormous disease burden, especially in the Western world. Patients suffering acute coronary events are now understood to carry a very high risk of further coronary events and although improvements in conventional medical therapy over the past two decades have significantly reduced the risk, ...
Rodés-Cabau Josep - - 2007
The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical and angiographic factors associated with significant saphenous vein graft (SVG) atherosclerosis progression at mid-term follow-up in a series of unselected coronary patients who had previously received a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). A total of 123 SVGs from 86 patients ...
Skjelland Mona - - 2007
Increased echolucency of carotid plaques is associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke. Inflammation and apoptosis of vascular smooth muscle cells in the arterial wall are involved in the atherosclerotic process and destabilization of the plaque. Granzyme B (GrB) is a key mediator of T cell-mediated cytotoxicity, and we ...
Park Jong Seon - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Most of the known risk factors associated with ischemic heart disease are based on studies from Western countries; there is only limited information on Korean populations. This study was designed to analyze age related differences in epidemiologic and clinical characteristics in patients who were admitted for coronary angiography for ...
Devine Patrick J - - 2007
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence on the use of statin therapy indicates the potential for ultra-low levels of LDL-C to provide greater protection from recurrent coronary heart disease events. Guidelines for the treatment of lipid disorders were revised to indicate that an LDL-C treatment goal of 70 mg/dl was optional (NCEP ATPIII). ...
Kayikcioglu Meral - - 2007
OBJECTIVE: Myocardial ischaemia in cardiac syndrome X (CSX) is believed to be due to microvascular dysfunction. Increased oxidative stress is one of the suspected mechanisms of microvascular dysfunction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the oxidative status in patients with CSX, by determining serum paraoxonase-1 (PON 1) activity ...
Rizzo Manfredi - - 2007
Low density lipoproteins (LDL) size seems to be an important predictor of cardiovascular events and progression of coronary artery disease and the predominance of small dense LDL have been accepted as an emerging cardiovascular risk factor by the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III. We recently showed increased ...
Jaumdally J Rumi - - 2007
Whether used as primary or secondary prevention, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) can lead to a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease. Given the benefit in halting atherosclerotic disease progression in patients with stable and acute coronary syndrome, the potential for use in South-Asians remains largely unreported. ...
Schouten Olaf - - 2007
The discontinuation of statin therapy in patients with acute coronary syndromes has been associated with an increase of adverse coronary events. Patients who undergo major surgery frequently are not able to take oral medication shortly after surgery. Because there is no intravenous formula for statins, the interruption of statins in ...
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