Differential hs-CRP reduction in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia treated with aggressive or conventional statin therapy

Sanne van Wissen, Mieke D. Trip, Tineke J. Smilde, Jacqueline de Graaf, Anton F. H. Stalenhoef, John J. P. Kastelein

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Background: High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) has emerged as the best studied and most promising marker of inflammation in atherosclerotic vascular disease. Materials and methods: The ASAP (effects of Atorvastatin vs. Simvastatin on Atherosclerosis Progression) study was a 2-year randomised, double-blind trial with 325 familial hypercholesterolemia patients, treated with torvastatin 80 mg or imvastatin 40 mg. Intima media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery segments and hs-CRP levels were determined at baseline, 1 and 2 years. Results: Baseline median hs-CRP values were 2.1 mg/l (interquartile range (IQR) 0.9-5.2) and 2.0 mg/l (IQR 0.8-3.0) and after 2 years these levels decreased to 1.1 mg/l (IQR 0.6-2.4) and 1.5 mg/l (IQR 0.6-3.0) in the atorvastatin 80 mg and sinivastatin 40 mg group, respectively. These changes were significant within as well as between the two groups. No correlations were observed between change in hs-CRP after 2 years and change in lipids. A significant correlation was found in univariate analysis between the decrease of hs-CRP and the reduction of IMT. Conclusions: Our results show that atorvastatin 80 mg reduces hs-CRP levels to a greater extent than sinivastatin 40 mg. Furthermore, we show that the extent of hs-CRP reduction is associated with the progression rate of the atherosclerotic process as measured by IMT. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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