Relation between previous lipid-lowering therapy and infarct size (creatine kinase-MB level) in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Animal experimental data have shown that lipid-lowering agents reduce myocardial infarct size. This association has not been well studied in humans. We compared infarct size in 10,548 patients in the GUSTO IIb and PURSUIT trials who were (n = 1,028) or were not (n = 9,520) on lipid-lowering therapy before an enrolling myocardial infarction (MI). Patients using lipid-lowering agents before their index MI had smaller infarcts than those who were not using these agents (median peak creatine kinase [CK]-MB 4.2 vs 5.2 times the upper limit of normal [ULN]; p <0.0001). Similarly, in an unadjusted model, patients on previous lipid-lowering therapy were less likely to have a peak CK-MB >3 times the ULN (620 of 1,028 [60.3%] vs 6,486 of 9,520 patients [68.1%]; p <0.001; relative risk 0.88, 95% confidence interval 0.84 to 0.93, p <0.0001). In a covariate- and propensity-adjusted multivariable model, the association between pretreatment with lipid-lowering agents and smaller infarct size persisted (relative risk for CK-MB >3 times the ULN 0.94, 95% confidence interval 0.88 to 0.99, p = 0.04). In conclusion, patients on lipid-lowering agents before an MI had significantly smaller infarcts. These findings suggest that lipid-lowering therapy may exert additional salutary effects in the setting of acute coronary syndromes.

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Cited Authors

  • Aronow, HD; Lincoff, AM; Quinn, MJ; McRae, AT; Gurm, HS; Houghtaling, PL; Granger, CB; Harrington, RA; Van de Werf, F; Topol, EJ; Lauer, MS; GUSTO IIb and PURSUIT Trial Investigators,

Published Date

  • November 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 102 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1119 - 1124

PubMed ID

  • 18940276

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1913

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjcard.2008.06.032


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States