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Pitavastatin further decreases serum high-sensitive C-reactive protein levels in hypertensive patients with hypercholesterolemia treated with angiotensin II, type-1 receptor antagonists.
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PMID:  21028996     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Lipid-lowering therapy with a statin not only powerfully lowers cholesterol but also exerts anti-inflammatory effects by decreasing serum C-reactive protein (CRP). Since an angiotensin II, type-1 receptor antagonist (ARB) also decreases CRP levels, the add-on effect of statins on CRP may be worth exploring. We determined the effect of pitavastatin on serum levels of highly sensitive CRP (hs-CRP) in 30 patients with hypercholesterolemia undergoing treatment with anti-hypertensive medication including ARBs. Pitavastatin, 2 mg daily, was given. The control group consisted of hypertensive patients without hyperlipidemia. The low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and hs-CRP were measured at baseline, 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after treatment. For the atherosclerotic index, LDL-C/HDL-C ratios at 12 months were calculated. The LDL-C level was markedly reduced at 1 month and thereafter. The baseline level of hs-CRP in the hyperlipidemia group was significantly higher than that in the control group (1.647 ± 0.210 mg/L vs. 0.666 ± 0.097 mg/L p < 0.0001). After 3 months, the percentage of reduction of hs-CRP was significantly higher than that in the control group. The absolute values of hs-CRP were significantly decreased to a level similar to the control group, and the hs-CRP in both groups was remained at the same level for 12 months. Although the LDL-C/HDL-C ratios of the pitavastatin group was significantly reduced from 3.3 to 1.8, those of the control group were not changed. In conclusion, pitavastatin was found to have powerful anti-inflammatory, add-on effects over the similar effects of ARB as assessed by hs-CRP.
Masamichi Yoshika; Yutaka Komiyama; Midori Masuda; Toyohiko Yokoi; Hiroya Masaki; Hiroe Ohkura; Hakuo Takahashi
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical and experimental hypertension (New York, N.Y. : 1993)     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1525-6006     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Exp. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  2010  
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Created Date:  2010-10-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9305929     Medline TA:  Clin Exp Hypertens     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  341-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Sciences and Laboratory Medicine, Kansai Medical University, Moriguchi, Japan.
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