Statin therapy, inflammation and recurrent coronary events in patients following coronary stent implantation

  • Objectives: We sought to investigate whether statin therapy affects the association between preprocedural C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and the risk for recurrent coronary events in patients undergoing coronary stent implantation. Background: Low-grade inflammation as detected by elevated CRP levels predicts the risk of recurrent coronary events. The effect of inflammation on coronary risk may be attenuated by statin therapy. Methods: We investigated a potential interrelation among statin therapy, serum evidence of inflammation, and the risk for recurrent coronary events in 388 consecutive patients undergoing coronary stent implantation. Patients were grouped according to the median CRP level (0.6 mg/dl) and to the presence of statin therapy. Results: A primary combined end point event occurred significantly more frequently in patients with elevated CRP levels without statin therapy (RR [relative risk] 2.37, 95% CI [confidence interval] [1.3 to 4.2]). Importantly, in the presence of statin therapy, the RR for recurrent events was significantly reduced in the patients with elevated CRP levels (RR 1.27 [0.7 to 2.1]) to about the same degree as in patients with CRP levels below 0.6 mg/dl and who did not receive statin therapy (RR 1.1 [0.8 to 1.3]). Conclusions: Statin therapy significantly attenuates the increased risk for major adverse cardiac events in patients with elevated CRP levels undergoing coronary stent implantation, suggesting that statin the rapy interferes with the detrimental effects of inflammation on accelerated atherosclerotic disease progression following coronary stenting.

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Author:Dirk Henning WalterORCiDGND, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Martina Britten, Patrick Raymond Rosin, Wolfgang Auch-Schwelk, Volker SchächingerORCiD, Andreas M. ZeiherORCiDGND
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Parent Title (English):Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2009/11/16
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/11/16
Page Number:7
First Page:2006
Last Page:2012
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoArchivex. zur Lesesaalplatznutzung § 52b UrhG