Progress in cardiovascular diseases | 2019
Lipid management beyond the guidelines.
The 2018 AHA/ACC cholesterol guideline builds on the 2013 ACC/AHA cholesterol guideline statin recommendations to provide more detailed recommendations for the use of nonstatin therapy risk stratification for primary prevention statin use. New information has become available after the development of the 2018 AHA/ACC cholesterol guideline that can further inform clinical practice. Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type-9 (PCSK9) monoclonal antibodies are now a reasonable or even good value following over 60% reductions in their acquisition price, and the identification of high risk patient groups most likely to benefit from further low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering. Meta-analyses and clinical trial data now show that patients with LDL-C\u202f≥\u202f100\u202fmg/dl are more likely to experience progressively greater reductions in the risk of cardiovascular and total mortality and coronary heart disease events for progressively higher LDL-C levels. Icosapent ethyl, a highly concentrated form of modified EPA has been shown to reduce cardiovascular events in high risk patients with moderate hypertriglyceridemia on statin therapy. Comparisons with other statin guidelines revealed that statin initiation for those with ≥7.5% 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk is the most effective strategy for reducing the most ASCVD events for the proportion of the population treated. Data from younger populations finally became available for coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring (mean age of 51\u202fyears) which confirmed the value of CAC\u202f>\u202f0 for identifying individuals at increased ASCVD risk most likely to benefit from statin initiation. This analysis also found that statins could keep CAC\u202f=\u202f0 in those with risk factors. Epidemiologic pooling studies now clearly show that LDL-C and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in young adulthood confer excess risk for ASCVD later in life. Accumulating data support earlier risk factor intervention trials as the next research priority.