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Heart Vessels. 2014 May;29(3):313-9. doi: 10.1007/s00380-013-0367-5. Epub 2013 May 28.

Extended-release niacin/laropiprant improves endothelial function in patients after myocardial infarction.

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Department of Angiology, University of Ljubljana Medical Centre, Zaloška 7, 1000, Ljubljana, Slovenia,


Raising high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is an important strategy for reducing residual cardiovascular risk. In the present study, we sought to assess the effect of extended-release niacin/laropiprant on endothelial function in patients after a myocardial infarction with target low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). In this double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 63 men (35-60 years of age) after a myocardial infarction were randomized to either niacin/laropiprant (1000/20 mg daily for 4 weeks and 2000/40 mg daily thereafter) or placebo. Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and nitroglycerin-induced (GTN) dilation of the brachial artery, total cholesterol (TC), LDL-C, HDL-C, triglycerides (TG), lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)], and apolipoprotein (Apo) A1/B were measured at baseline and after 12 weeks of intervention. FMD significantly increased (from 3.9 ± 5.1 to 9.8 ± 4.4%, p < 0.001) in the niacin/laropiprant group, but not in the placebo group (4.6 ± 4.4 to 6.1 ± 4.4%, p = 0.16) (p = 0.02 for comparison of interventions). GTN dilation also increased in the niacin/laropiprant group (from 12.5 ± 6.1 to 16.7 ± 4.8%, p = 0.02), but not in the placebo group (13.4 ± 5.0 to 15.1 ± 5.2%, p = 0.18), (p = 0.60 for comparison of interventions). Niacin/laropiprant reduced TC and LDL-C (p = 0.05 for both) and increased HDL-C (p < 0.001) without influencing TG, with no changes in the placebo group. Lp(a) (p = 0.026) and ApoB (p = 0.014) were significantly lower in the niacin/laropiprant group, with no difference in the placebo group. ApoA1 did not change in either of the groups (p = 0.13; p = 0.26). FMD and GTN dilation improvements did not correlate with changes in the lipid profile. Niacin/laropiprant improves endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent dilation of the brachial artery. This improvement does not correlate with changes in lipid parameters.

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