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High density lipoprotein cholesterol and statin trials.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18781948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Epidemiological studies show that high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels are inversely related to the risk of vascular events. Statins are the most widely prescribed drugs for the treatment of dyslipidaemias and their use for the prevention of vascular events is evidence based. Statins raise HDL-C but this effect seems to vary considerably between studies. We searched the literature to assess the relationship between statin-induced increases in HDL-C levels and surrogate and/or clinical endpoints. Based on the existing evidence, it is difficult to determine how much reduction, if any, in vascular risk is attributable to a statin-induced increment in HDL-C levels. Whether a statin that beyond its LDL-C lowering effect also raises HDL-C has additional benefits in the prevention of vascular events remains to be established.
Anna Kakafika; Vasilios G Athyros; Konstantinos Tziomalos; Asterios Karagiannis; Dimitri P Mikhailidis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current medicinal chemistry     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0929-8673     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Med. Chem.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-10     Completed Date:  2008-10-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440157     Medline TA:  Curr Med Chem     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2265-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Second Propedeutic Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Hippokration Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Diseases / drug therapy,  metabolism,  therapy
Cholesterol, HDL / chemistry,  metabolism*
Drug Combinations
Drug Therapy, Combination
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / pharmacology*,  therapeutic use*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cholesterol, HDL; 0/Drug Combinations; 0/Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors

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