John Giacomini, MD

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  • Statin therapy in heart failure CURRENT OPINION IN LIPIDOLOGY Pham, M., Oka, R. K., Giacomini, J. C. 2005; 16 (6): 630-634


    The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme-A reductase inhibitors, or statins, have been shown to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among a wide spectrum of patients with established atherosclerotic vascular disease. Mounting experimental and clinical evidence also suggest a potential benefit as well as theoretical harm of statin therapy in patients with heart failure.This article briefly summarizes the therapeutic properties of statins that may be of benefit to patients with heart failure and the theoretical adverse effects of cholesterol reduction in this group of patients. A number of nonrandomized clinical studies over the past several years have shown an association between statin use and reduced overall mortality. Several large-scale randomized studies designed to confirm these findings are currently under way.Statin therapy appears to improve clinical outcomes in patients with both ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy independently of their cholesterol-lowering properties. The theoretical adverse properties of statins in heart failure patients have not been substantiated in small to medium-sized clinical trials. Although the encouraging results of these preliminary studies suggest a role for statin therapy in heart failure, larger studies are needed to validate these findings. Several ongoing randomized trials are currently under way to evaluate the effect of statin therapy on cardiovascular outcomes in heart failure patients. The results of these studies, expected in the next several years, should provide scientific evidence for the role of statins in the treatment of failure.

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