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A new statin: A new standard
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Internal Medicine . Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Medicine, Department of Endocrinology and Gastroenterology UHL.
2001 (English)In: Clinical Cardiology, ISSN 0160-9289, Vol. 24, no 8, 18-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Numerous studies have demonstrated that treatments designed to reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) events in the setting of either primary or secondary prevention. The rationale for aggressive lowering of LDL-C, supported by large observational studies, is the concept that no threshold exists below which reductions fail to provide additional benefit. The statins are widely considered first-line therapy for preventing CHD events because these agents yield the greatest reductions in LDL-C. However, many patients do not achieve target LDL-C levels with the currently available statins. Newer, more effective statins may permit the benefits of aggressive LDL-C reduction to be extended to larger numbers of patients. A novel, highly efficacious statin, rosuvastatin (Crestor(TM), AstraZeneca group of companies), is currently undergoing clinical investigation. Dose-ranging studies in hypercholesterolemic patients have shown that rosuvastatin produces significant, dose-dependent decreases in LDL-C when compared with placebo. Reductions have ranged from 34% at a dose of 1 mg/day to 65% at 80 mg/day. This agent has been found to be well tolerated across the range of doses studied. Phase III studies indicate that rosuvastatin is more effective than atorvastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin in improving the atherogenic lipid profiles of hypercholesterolemic patients, and more effective than atorvastatin in improving the atherogenic lipid profiles of patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. Overall, these findings suggest that rosuvastatin is a promising new medication for the treatment of dyslipidemias.

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2001. Vol. 24, no 8, 18-23 p.
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low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, coronary heart disease, statins, rosuvastatin, dyslipidemia
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48184OAI: diva2:269080
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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