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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. mojca.lunder@mf.uni-lj.si

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

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.

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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.

PMID:
22385885
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejim.2011.11.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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