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Am J Cardiol. 2005 May 1;95(9):1025-32.

Effects of atorvastatin versus other statins on fasting and postprandial C-reactive protein and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 in patients with coronary heart disease versus control subjects.

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  • 1Cardiovascular Research and Lipid Metabolism Laboratories, Tufts University School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA.


The effects of atorvastatin (40 mg/day) versus placebo on fasting and postprandial plasma levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) were examined over 36 weeks in 84 patients who had coronary heart disease and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels >130 mg/dl and compared directly with the effects of fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin. Results were also compared with those obtained in age- and gender-matched control subjects (n = 84). Feeding increased median hs-CRP levels by 2% in patients (p = NS) and 22% in controls (p <0.01) and increased mean Lp-PLA2 values by 9% in patients (p = NS) but decreased values by 21% in controls (p <0.0001). Patients had 51% higher median hs-CRP values and 29% higher mean Lp-PLA2 values than did controls (p <0.05 for hs-CRP and Lp-PLA2) in the fasting state; however, Lp-PLA2 values were 62% higher (p <0.0001) in the fed state in patients compared with controls. Atorvastatin decreased median hs-CRP levels by 32% (p <0.01) and mean Lp-PLA2 values by 26% in patients (p <0.0001), with similar decreases in the fed state, and none of the other statins had any significant effect on these parameters. Change in Lp-PLA2 was significantly related to change in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (p <0.01), with no significant relations with change in hs-CRP. Our data indicate greater differences in patients with coronary heart disease compared with controls in Lp-PLA2 in the fed state than in the fasting state and that atorvastatin is more effective than fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, or simvastatin for decreasing not only low-density lipoprotein cholesterol but also hs-CRP and Lp-PLA2.

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