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A Samadi, A Gurlek, S N Sendur, S Karahan, F Akbiyik, I Lay
PURPOSE: To assess the plasma oxysterol species 7-ketocholesterol (7-Kchol) and cholestane-3β,5α,6β-triol (chol-triol) as biomarkers of oxidative stress in type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS: In total, 26 type 1 and 80 type 2 diabetes patients, along with 205 age- and gender-matched healthy controls, were included in this study. Oxysterols were quantified by liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry and N,N-dimethylglycine derivatization...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Qun Huang, Han Yang, Qiuning Lin, Ming Hu, Yuanbiao Meng, Xiao Qin
BACKGROUND: No consensus exists on the effect of statin therapy on survival after abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. The objective of this review was to systematically review the literature to investigate whether statin therapy is associated with improved outcomes after AAA repair. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library to find relevant randomized controlled trials and cohort studies. Outcomes of interest included long-term mortality and short-term mortality and perioperative cardiac complications...
March 21, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Samaneh Asgari, Hengameh Abdi, Alireza Mahdavi Hezaveh, Alireza Moghisi, Koorosh Etemad, Hassan Riahi Beni, Davood Khalili
To compare the burden of statin therapy according to the Third Adult Treatment Panel (ATP-III) and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines the Survey of Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Disease (SuRFNCD)-2011of Iran was used. A survey analysis associated with sex and age categorization was run. Of total 3496 persons (1322 men) aged 40-70 years, based on the ACC/AHA guidelines, about 46.5% were eligible to receive moderate- to high-intensity statin therapy. Based on the ATP-III guidelines, 17...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Giovanni Ciccarelli, Saverio D'Elia, Michele De Paulis, Paolo Golino, Giovanni Cimmino
The role of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease has been demonstrated by several epidemiological studies. The molecular basis for LDLs in atherosclerotic plaque formation and progression is not completely unraveled yet. Pharmacological modulation of plasma LDL-C concentrations and randomized clinical trials addressing the impact of lipid-lowering interventions on cardiovascular outcome have clearly shown that reducing plasma LDL-C concentrations results in a significant decrease in major cardiovascular events...
March 17, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
Alexandre de Matos Soeiro, Victor Arrais Araújo, Júlia Pitombo Vella, Aline Siqueira Bossa, Bruno Biselli, Tatiana de Carvalho Andreucci Torres Leal, Maria Carolina Feres de Almeida Soeiro, Carlos V Serrano, Christian Mueller, Mucio Tavares de Oliveira Junior
BACKGROUND: Some small studies have related higher levels of thyrotropin (TSH) to potentially worse prognosis in acute coronary syndromes. However, this relationship remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndromes in relation to the value of TSH at admission. METHODS: Observational and retrospective study with 505 patients (446 in group I [TSH ≤ 4 mIU/L] and 59 in group II [TSH > 4 mIU/L]) with acute coronary syndromes between May 2010 and May 2014...
February 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Peter Ueda, Thomas Wai-Chun Lung, Yuan Lu, Joshua A Salomon, Kazem Rahimi, Philip Clarke, Goodarz Danaei
BACKGROUND: The updated national guidelines for cardiovascular risk assessment and lipid modification in the UK and US expand the indications for statin therapy in primary prevention to adults with moderate risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but many adults at high CVD risk remain untreated in both countries. We set out to identify treatment gaps in English and American adults at moderate and high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and to estimate the number of CVD events that would be prevented from expanding statin therapy to those who are currently untreated...
2018: PloS One
Xue Han, Yi Zhang, Lin Yin, Lin Zhang, Yue Wang, Hongshan Zhang, Bo Li
The purpose of this meta-analysis is to investigate whether statin is a key therapy for myocardial infarction (MI) by comparing all randomized controlled trials that appraised the effects of statin on risk of MI.Pubmed, Embase, and Medline databases (up to December 2016) were used to search all related articles. Using the data from 18 available publications, we examined the efficacy in treating or reducing the risk of MI by using random-effects models of odds ratio (OR) comparing the highest with the lowest category...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Matthew E Levy, Alan E Greenberg, Manya Magnus, Naji Younes, Amanda Castel
Statin coverage has been examined among HIV-infected patients using Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) and American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines, although not with newer National Lipid Association (NLA) guidelines. We investigated statin eligibility, prescribing practices, and therapeutic responses using these three guidelines. Sociodemographic, clinical, and laboratory data were collected between 2011 and 2016 for HIV-infected outpatients enrolled in the DC Cohort, a multi-center, prospective, observational study in Washington, DC...
February 2018: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Raseen Tariq, Dhruvika Mukhija, Arjun Gupta, Siddharth Singh, Darrell S Pardi, Sahil Khanna
Purpose: Statins have pleiotropic effects beyond cholesterol lowering by immune modulation. The association of statins with primary Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is unclear as studies have reported conflicting findings. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the association between statin use and CDI. Patients and methods: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, and Web of Science from January 1978 to December 2016 for studies assessing the association between statin use and CDI...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Chih-Hsun Tai, Chi-Hao Shao, Chen-You Chen, Shu-Wen Lin, Chien-Chih Wu
Background: Treatment options are limited for infections due to multidrug-resistant Gram-positive pathogens. Daptomycin is a lipopeptide antibiotic with concentration-dependent killing characteristic and dose-dependent post-antibiotic effect. To achieve optimized pharma-codynamic effect, some experts advocated using a high dose of daptomycin (≥9 mg/kg) for severe infections. However, the safety of high-dose therapy in patients with renal impairment remains unknown. This study was aimed to evaluate the safety of daptomycin in patients with severe renal impairment...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Sara Clemenza, Flavia Sorbi, Ivo Noci, Tommaso Capezzuoli, Irene Turrini, Carlo Carriero, Nicolò Buffi, Massimiliano Fambrini, Felice Petraglia
Endometriosis is a chronic disease, and a lifelong management plan should be developed by using pharmacological treatment and surgical procedures. The pathogenesis of endometriosis is complicated and has not been definitively established. The mechanisms involved are numerous, and their understanding is constantly evolving. Currently, the first-line drugs act by blocking ovarian function, creating an hypoestrogenic environment. The blockade of estrogen secretion and receptor activity and the activation of progesteron receptors are the main target of several current drugs, as well as those under development...
February 15, 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Carlos Lahoz, Elisa Castillo, Jose M Mostaza, Olaya de Dios, Miguel A Salinero-Fort, Teresa González-Alegre, Francisca García-Iglesias, Eva Estirado, Fernando Laguna, Vanesa Sanchez, Concesa Sabín, Silvia López, Victor Cornejo, Carmen de Burgos, Carmen Garcés
Background: Adherence to a Mediterranean diet seems to be inversely associated with C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration. A 14-point Mediterranean Diet Adherence Screener (MEDAS) has been developed to assess dietary compliance. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess whether each of the MEDAS questions as well as their final score were associated with the levels of CRP in general Spanish population. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of 1411 subjects (mean age 61 years, 43.0% males) randomly selected from the general population...
March 20, 2018: Nutrients
Zhila Maghbooli, Leila Khorrami-Nezhad, Elham Adabi, Majid Ramezani, Effat Asadollahpour, Farideh Razi, Mohammadtaher Rezanezhad
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate the association between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and bone status taking into account serum vitamin D levels in postmenopausal Iranian women. METHODS: During January 2015 and February 2016, a total of 488 postmenopausal Iranian women participated in this cross-sectional study, all of whom were not taking osteoporosis medication and were not suffering from any chronic disorder. Dual X-ray absorptiometry was used to assess bone mineral density (BMD) of the total hip, femoral neck, and lumbar vertebrae (L2-L4)...
March 19, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Hsin-Hua Li, Chih-Li Lin, Chien-Ning Huang
A growing body of evidence suggests that disruption of the homeostasis of lipid metabolism affects the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, dysregulation of cholesterol homeostasis in the brain has been reported to considerably increase the risk of developing AD. Thus, dysregulation of lipid homeostasis may increase the amyloid β (Aβ) levels by affecting amyloid precursor protein (APP) cleavage, which is the most important risk factor involved in the pathogenesis of AD. Previous research demonstrated that Aβ can trigger neuronal insulin resistance, which plays an important role in response to Aβ-induced neurotoxicity in AD...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Csaba András Dézsi
Background In patients with stable coronary artery disease, aspirin, a statin, and an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor are recommended as first-line agents for secondary prevention. Subgroup analyses of the previously published Hungarian Perindopril plus Amlodipine in PAtients with Coronary Artery Disease (PAPA-CAD) non-interventional trial demonstrated that the addition of the metabolically beneficial, fixed combination of perindopril + amlodipine to atorvastatin further improves the patient's lipid profile...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Przemyslaw J Kotyla
Objective Statins, a class of 3-hydroxy-3 methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors, are widely used for the treatment of atherosclerosis. Less is known about the role of statins in the treatment of vascular complication in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We therefore performed a short-term interventional study with simvastatin in patients with the diffuse variant of SSc and normal lipid profiles. Methods Twenty-five patients with diffuse SSc were enrolled and received simvastatin at a daily dose of 20 mg for 28 days...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Brandon K Martinez, C Michael White
OBJECTIVE: To review the role of inflammatory suppression in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) with a focus on the interleukin-1β blocker canakinumab. DATA SOURCES: An Ovid MEDLINE literature search (1946 to February 2018) was performed using search terms inflammation, ASCVD, atherosclerosis, C-reactive protein, canakinumab. Additional references were identified from a review of literature citations. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: English-language studies assessing the impact of pharmacological agents, including canakinumab, on inflammation as measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and the association with reducing ASCVD events were evaluated...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Ahmed Al-Janabi, Sue Lightman, Oren Tomkins-Netzer
Statins are known for their blood cholesterol-lowering effect and are widely used in patients with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Research over the past three decades shows that statins have diverse effects on different pathophysiological pathways involved in angiogenesis, inflammation, apoptosis, and anti-oxidation, leading to new therapeutic options. Recently, statins have attracted considerable attention for their immunomodulatory effect. Since immune reactivity has been implicated in a number of retinal diseases, such as uveitis, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy, there is now a growing body of evidence supporting the beneficial effects of statins in these retinopathies...
March 20, 2018: Eye
László Márk, Mária Nagy, Győző Dani, Csaba Baranyai, Marianna Borbély, András Katona, Zoltán Jambrik
INTRODUCTION: The actual guidelines of cardiovascular prevention lay special emphasis on the lipid-lowering therapy of patients suffering from acute coronary syndrome (ACS). AIM: To evaluate the occurrence of high-intensity statin therapy, recommended by guidelines, at discharge in a Hungarian county hospital with hemodynamic laboratory in patients who underwent percutaneous intervention, furthermore the LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and goal attainment rate in the first year...
March 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Richard A Hansen, Natalie Hohmann, Matthew L Maciejewski, Marisa E Domino, Neepa Ray, Nirosha Mahendraratnam, Joel F Farley
Objectives: Adults with schizophrenia and cardiometabolic conditions may be good candidates for co-management by primary care prescribers and specialists. Associated risks for discontinuity in medication management have not been well-studied. This study examines whether medication adherence, inpatient admissions, and emergency department (ED) visits vary by the number and types of prescribers seen by adults with schizophrenia and cardiometabolic conditions. Methods: This study used a retrospective cohort of 4,223 adult Medicaid enrollees with schizophrenia and hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and/or diabetes from three states in 2009-2010...
March 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
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