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Statin Use in Aortic Aneurismal Disease to Prevent Progression and Cardiovascular Events: Review of Experimental and Clinical Data.
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PMID:  22724483     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is significant health problem in the elderly. Efforts to limit the mortality rate depend on early detection and elective AAA repair. The benefit of early detection of AAAs, by ultrasound screening is limited since early repair of small AAA has been shown to provide no clinical advantage. Currently no established pharmacotherapeutic treatment for small AAAs. In the first part of this review, we described the potential mechanisms whereby statins can modulate the pathological processes associated to experimental and human AAA. Among them, statins are able to regulate leukocyte recruitment and immuno-inflammatory responses, platelet activation, oxidative stress, proteolysis and extracellular matrix breakdown. However, controversial results have been obtained in experimental models of AAA. In the second part of this review, we analyze the effect of statins in both, cardiovascular events on AAA patients and AAA growth. Although statin treatment is recommended for all AAA patients with the aim of reducing the incidence of cardiovascular events and death, controversial results have been shown between experimental and clinical studies regarding the potential preventive effect on AAA growth. One potential reason for these discrepancies could be related to the fact that statins reduce total cholesterol concentrations but does not modify HDL concentrations, the most sensitive predictor of AAA among lipid markers. In this respect, it could be of interest to test the effect of drugs modulating plasma HDL concentrations in AAA evolution.
Melina Vega de Céniga; Luis M Blanco-Colio; Jose Tuñón; Jesus Egido; José L Martín-Ventur
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current vascular pharmacology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1875-6212     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101157208     Medline TA:  Curr Vasc Pharmacol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Vascular Research Lab, Fundación Jiménez Diaz-IIS, Autonoma University, Av. Reyes Católicos 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain.
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