Are we getting to lipid targets in real life?

Department of Clinical Biochemistry (Vascular Disease Prevention Clinics), Royal Free Hospital Campus, University College London Medical School, University College London, London, United Kingdom.
Archives of medical science : AMS 10/2010; 6(5):639-41. DOI: 10.5114/aoms.2010.17073
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    ABSTRACT: Despite the continuous improvement of the quality of lipid lowering therapy the achievement of target values is still not satisfactory, mainly in the very high cardiovascular risk category patients, where the goal of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is 1.80 mmol/l. The trends in lipid lowering treatment of 17420 patients from different studies conducted between 2004 and 2010 were compared to that of 1626 patients of MULTI GAP (MULTI Goal Attainment Problem) 2011 treated by general practitioners (GPs) and specialists. In MULTI GAP 2011 the mean LDL-C level ± SD) of patients treated by GPs was found to be 2.87 ±1.01 mmol/l, the target value of 2.50 was achieved by 40% of them, in the specialists' patients the mean LDL-C level proved to be 2.77 ±1.10 mmol/l and the achievement rate was 45%. In the 2.50 mmol/l achievement rate of GPs' patients a satisfactory improvement was observed in the studied years, but the 1.80 mmol/l LDL-C goal in 2011 was attained only in 11% of very high risk cases. There was a linear correlation between the patient compliance estimated by the physicians and the LDL-C achievement rate. As the number of very high risk category patients has been increased according to the new European dyslipidemia guidelines, growing attention needs to be placed on attainment of the 1.80 mmol/l LDL-C level. Based on the results of the MULTI GAP studies, improving patients' adherence and the continuous training of physicians are necessary.
    Archives of medical science : AMS. 09/2012; 8(4):608-13.
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    ABSTRACT: The year 2011 was very interesting regarding new studies, trials and guidelines in the field of lipidology, hypertensiology and nephrology. Suffice it to mention the new European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) guidelines on the management of dyslipidaemias, American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines on hypertension in the elderly, and many important trials presented among others during the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Annual Congress in Philadelphia and the AHA Annual Congress in Orlando. The paper is an attempt to summarize the most important events and reports in the mentioned areas in the passing year.
    Archives of medical science : AMS. 12/2011; 7(6):1055-66.
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    ABSTRACT: Oxidative stress is associated with the development and progression of cardiovascular disease. Plasma 8-isoprostane prostaglandin F2a (8-iso-PGF2a) levels are a reliable marker of oxidative stress. Patients (n = 151) with hypertension, dyslipidemia and impaired fasting glucose were randomly allocated to rosuvastatin (10 mg/day) plus telmisartan 80 mg/day (RT group, n = 52) or irbesartan 300 mg/day (RI group, n = 48) or olmesartan 20 mg/day (RO group, n = 51). After 6 months of treatment, changes in plasma 8-iso-PGF2a levels were blindly evaluated. A decrease of 8-iso-PGF2a levels vs baseline was observed only in the RT group (-8.6%; p = 0.02). A trend for decrease vs. baseline was observed in the RI (-5.7%; p = 0.40) and RO (-3.7%; p = 0.60) groups. Changes of 8-iso-PGF2a levels between groups were not significantly different (p = 0.70). The combination of rosuvastatin with sartans of different peroxisome proliferator receptor-γ activating capacity was associated with a decrease in levels of plasma 8-iso-PGF2a. This decrease reached significance only in the telmisartan group.
    Archives of Medical Science 02/2013; 9(1):172-6. · 1.89 Impact Factor

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