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Articles by Ruth S. Weinstock
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  John R. Guyton , Ronald B. Goldberg , Theodore Mazzone , Ruth S. Weinstock , Adam Polis , Elizabeth Rosenberg and Andrew M. Tershakovec
 

Background

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with a high risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). A variety of lipoprotein and apolipoprotein (Apo) ratios have been proposed that may reflect the balance of cholesterol delivery and removal at the arterial wall and provide an assessment of CHD risk that is supplemental to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), the primary guide for cholesterol-lowering therapy in patients at risk.

Objective

To examine changes in lipoprotein and apolipoprotein ratios in the VYTAL trial of hypercholesterolemic patients with T2DM.

Methods

Changes in the ratios LDL-C/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), total cholesterol (TC)/HDL-C, non-HDL-C/HDL-C, and ApoB/ApoA-I were assessed in this randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study that enrolled T2DM patients with LDL-C ≥100 mg/dL for 6-week treatments with either the usual daily starting doses of atorvastatin (ATORVA) 10 or 20 mg or ezetimibe/simvastatin (EZE/SIMVA) 10/20 mg, or the next highest doses (ATORVA 40 mg, EZE/SIMVA 10/40 mg). Changes in lipoprotein and apolipoprotein ratios, prespecified exploratory endpoints, were analyzed using analysis of variance.

Results

Efficacy results were based on 1198 patients with sufficient data among 1229 randomized patients. Baseline lipoproteins, apolipoproteins, and ratios were comparable among treatment groups. EZE/SIMVA produced significantly greater reductions compared with ATORVA in each lipoprotein or apolipoprotein ratio at each dose comparison (P < 0.001). For example, reductions from baseline in TC/HDL-C were ATORVA 10 mg, −30.2%; ATORVA 20 mg −34.9%; EZE/SIMVA 10/20 mg, −41.6%; ATORVA 40 mg, −37.9%; and EZE/SIMVA 10/40 mg, −43.5%. Tolerability of the two treatments was similar.

Conclusion

For the doses assessed, EZE/SIMVA was more effective compared with ATORVA in lowering the lipoprotein and apolipoprotein ratios that might be considered secondary measures of CHD risk.

  Ruth S. Weinstock , Ronald B. Goldberg , John R. Guyton , Theodore Mazzone , Adam Polis , Joanne E. Tomassini , Jianxin Lin , Arvind Shah and Andrew M. Tershakovec
 

Background

In addition to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non–HDL-C), apolipoprotein B (ApoB), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) are considered predictive for cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients.

Objective

To assess the proportion of T2DM patients with hypercholesterolemia who attained the optional target level of LDL-C (<70 mg/dL) and additionally non-HDL-C (<100 mg/dL), ApoB (<90 mg/dL), and hs-CRP (<2 mg/L), following treatment with ezetimibe/simvastatin (E/S) vs atorvastatin (A).

Methods

This post-hoc analysis of a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, 6-week parallel study assessed the proportion of T2DM patients who attained specified LDL-C levels and non-HDL-C, ApoB, and hs-CRP with usual, recommended starting doses of E/S (10/20 mg) vs A (10 or 20 mg) and next highest doses of E/S (10/40 mg) vs A (40 mg) by logistic regression. Baseline triglyceride and hs-CRP effects were also evaluated.

Results

Significantly higher percentages of patients treated with E/S compared to A achieved individual and concurrent target levels of LDL-C (<70 mg/dL), non-HDL-C (<100 mg/dL), and ApoB (<90 mg/dL) at all dose comparisons (P < 0.05 to P < 0.001). Baseline triglyceride levels had no effect on reaching LDL-C levels. Attainment of non-HDL-C (<100 mg/dL), and ApoB (<90 mg/dL) was lower at triglycerides ≥200 mg/dL than <200 mg/dL. Achievement of hs-CRP level (<2 mg/L) was comparable for both treatments. Significantly more patients attained both LDL-C (<70 mg/dL) and hs-CRP (<2 mg/L) at all E/S doses compared to A (P < 0.05 to P < 0.001), regardless of baseline CRP levels.

Conclusion

E/S provides a therapeutic option to T2DM patients for lowering not only LDL-C, but also non-HDL-C, ApoB, and hs-CRP. These factors may help guide assessment and treatment of cardiovascular disease risk in these patients.

 
 
 
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