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Prevention of cardiovascular disease utilizing fibrates: a pooled meta-analysis

Review published: 2010.

Bibliographic details: Loomba RS, Arora R.  Prevention of cardiovascular disease utilizing fibrates: a pooled meta-analysis. American Journal of Therapeutics 2010; 17(6): e182-e188. [PubMed: 20535009]


Dyslipidemia increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk which is a leading cause of mortality. This creates the need for therapies to effectively manage dyslipidemia to decrease the CVD risk associated with it. This meta-analysis evaluates fibrate therapy in respect to dealing with dyslipidemia and CVD risk. Fibrates significantly reduced plasma total cholesterol by 8% and significantly reduced triglyceride levels by 30%. High density lipoprotein cholesterol levels were raised by 9% with fibrates. All-cause mortality and noncardiovascular mortality were both significantly increased with fibrates but these significant changes no longer appeared after trials using clofibrate were removed from the analysis. There was no significant reduction in fatal myocardial infarction but there was a significant 22% reduction of nonfatal myocardial infarction. Fibrates can effectively reduce low density lipoprotein C (LDL-C) while also optimizing high-density lipoprotein and triglyceride levels as well, which statins do not. Negative effects of fibrates were not significant after clofibrate trials were removed from consideration in the study. It should be noted that gemfibrozil should not be used as well due to its adverse effects.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.

PMID: 20535009

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