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Eur J Intern Med. 2012 Apr;23(3):261-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2011.11.011. Epub 2011 Dec 12.

The effects of low-dose fluvastatin and valsartan combination on arterial function: a randomized clinical trial.

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Department of Vascular Disease, University of Ljubljana Medical Centre, Zaloška 7, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.



Ageing progressively diminishes arterial functions, even in the absence of traditional risk factors. Our aim was to explore whether age-related arterial changes in middle-aged males could be reversed using short-term, low-dose fluvastatin/valsartan combination intervention.


Forty apparently healthy, middle-aged males (43.3 ± 5.8 years) were recruited in a double-blind, randomised intervention. Individuals received either 10mg fluvastatin/20mg valsartan daily or placebo over 30 days. The brachial artery flow mediated dilation (FMD), pulse wave velocity (PWV) and common carotid artery β-stiffness were assessed at baseline and after 30 days, and again 5-10 months after therapy discontinuation.


Arterial function variables significantly improved after 30 days of intervention; FMD improved by 167.7% (P<0.001), PWV by 10.9% (P<0.05) and β-stiffness by 18.8% (P<0.01), whereas no changes were obtained in the placebo group. The favourable outcomes in the intervention group were accompanied by a significant decrease of high sensitivity-C reactive protein levels (1.8-fold; P<0.05). In contrast, lipids and blood pressure remained unchanged. Surprisingly, the beneficial arterial effects were still present to a substantial degree 7 months after completing intervention (remaining % of initial improvement: FMD 82.1%, PWV 69.5% and β-stiffness 68.5%), but declined substantially after 10 months.


Our results indicate that age-related arterial changes, at least in middle-aged males, can be reversed. Short-term treatment with a low-dose fluvastatin/valsartan combination resulted in a large and long lasting improvement of arterial function.

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