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Dalal P.,Mount Sinai Hospital | Arora R.,Chicago Medical School NCVAMC
American Journal of Therapeutics | Year: 2010

South Asians have higher overall burden of coronary heart disease. South Asian migrants suffer from more severe and fatal coronary heart disease at younger age despite similar risk factors compared with local population. Elevated blood cholesterol contributes to atherosclerosis and heart disease and is one of the primary modifiable risk factor for these conditions. Since the discovery of a fungal metabolite that inhibits 3-hydroxy-3methyl-glutaryl- coenzyme A reductase, statins have emerged rapidly as the global leader in medical therapeutics designed to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and had reduced mortality and morbidity from coronary heart disease when used for primary or secondary prevention. Despite the considerable burden imposed by cardiovascular disease, South Asians remain inadequately targeted for risk-reduction strategies, including screening and treatment for dyslipidemia. Copyright © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Maharjan N.,Chicago Medical School NCVAMC | Bedi U.,Chicago Medical School NCVAMC | Arora R.,Chicago Medical School NCVAMC | Bhandari S.,Chicago Medical School NCVAMC | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Therapeutics | Year: 2011

Patients with chronic kidney disease including renal transplant recipients (RTRs) have a markedly higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease than the general population. Many trials have established the role of statins in the prevention of cardiovascular mortality, not only by decreasing the low density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels but also by their pleotropic effects. These data from the general population may not be applicable to RTRs as these patients have different cardiovascular risk profiles. Till date, only a few prospective, randomized trials have assessed the use of statins in RTRs with regards to cardiovascular outcomes. The Assessment of Lescol in Renal Transplant trial, the largest trial so far, suggested that dyslipidemia management with statins in RTRs is associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of cardiac death and nonfatal myocardial infarction (although differences in the combined primary end point were not statistically significant). The current guidelines from National Kidney Foundation for managing dyslipidemia in RTRs recommend managing all chronic kidney disease patients as a coronary heart disease equivalent. The task group for drafting these guidelines concluded that based on the currently available evidence, additional studies may be needed in RTRs to confirm and extend the results of Assessment of Lescol in Renal Transplant trial. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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