Serum osteoprotegerin as a long-term predictor for patients with stable coronary artery disease and its association with diabetes and statin treatment: A CLARICOR trial 10-year follow-up substudy

Elevated circulating levels of osteoprotegerin (OPG) are known to add to the prediction of cardiovascular mortality. Our objective was to clarify the long-term risk associated with serum OPG and the possible influence of diabetes and statins on OPG levels in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD).
Source: Atherosclerosis - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research

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AbstractObjectivesTo assess the prevalence of statin usage, intensity of statin therapy, and serum LDL cholesterol levels achieved in clinical diabetes mellitus population to analyze whether the recommendations of American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association ’s cholesterol guidelines 2013 (ACC/AHA cholesterol guidelines 2013) are achieved in them.MethodsFasting lipid profile values, prevalence of statin usage, and intensity of statin therapy among 306 diabetes mellitus patients in the age group of 40 to 75  years, visiting the medicine department of a secondary care hospital, were noted. Results wer...
Source: International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Conclusions Although clinical data supporting an influence of all these drugs on the course of the disease are limited, this is an interesting background for further research that might help unravel the complex mechanisms underlying the link between COVID-19 and diabetes.
Source: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
We report a case of ANCA-associated vasculitis coexisting with cholesterol emboli. A 76-year-old woman was diagnosed with ANCA-associated interstitial pneumonitis. She rapidly developed progressive glomerulonephritis, purpura, and peripheral sensory nerve disorder. A kidney biopsy revealed that renal dysfunction was caused by vasculitis of the interlobular arteries and cholesterol emboli. A skin biopsy revealed that purpura was caused by cholesterol emboli. Glucocorticoid and statin therapies were administered. Thereafter, the renal function and other symptoms improved and stabilized. The representative symptoms of ANCA-as...
Source: The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Tohoku J Exp Med Source Type: research
Conclusions: We did not find any association between ADM use and disease-specific mortality among women with T2D diagnosed with breast cancer. However, interestingly, prediagnostic statin use was observed to predict reduced mortality from breast cancer and other causes. We hypothesise that treating treatment practices of T2D or hypercholesterolaemia of breast cancer patients might affect overall prognosis of women diagnosed with breast cancer and T2D. PMID: 32478629 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acta Oncologica - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Acta Oncol Source Type: research
This study assesses the current practices of physicians in Lebanon routinely involved in ischemic stroke (IS) management. We conducted a prospective observational study of patients hospitalized at 8 different Lebanese hospitals in the period August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016, with a diagnosis of acute stroke. Baseline characteristics and data on diagnostic studies, as well as treatments received during hospitalization and at discharge, were collected and analyzed. Two hundred and three strokes/transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) were recorded but only 173 patients (85%) with ischemic events were included in the study. The pati...
Source: Functional Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: Funct Neurol Source Type: research
In the absence of an effective drug or vaccine against novel severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus (SARS-Cov-2) till date, “repurposing approach” of old pharmaceuticals has been applied to combat against 2019-coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Hydroxychloroquine, anti-retrovirals, type-1 angiotesin receptor blockers, statin, vitamin D, melatonin etc are being tried with questionable benefits [1]. While there are intens ive debates regarding safety of different classes of antidiabetics at the advent of COVID-19 [2,3], multiple ongoing studies are evaluating the adjuvant role of various antidiaetics like di...
Source: Primary Care Diabetes - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
People with diabetes mellitus (DM), especially those who are older, are at higher risk for premature morbidity and mortality related to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Clinical practice guidelines recommend statin therapy for people with DM ages 40 to 75  years. The evidence for those greater than 75 years of age is relatively limited at present. Other health problems should be considered when planning ASCVD primary prevention in adults ages greater than 75 years with DM. Clinicians should discuss the risks and benefits of each plan with these pa tients and their caregivers.
Source: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: ACS patients with DM showed weaker coronary plaque regression than their counterparts. A significant correlation between the change in LDL-C level and ΔPAV in DM patients suggested that more intensive lipid-lowering therapy is required in ACS patients with DM. PMID: 32435011 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Atheroscler Thromb Source Type: research
(Natural News) The available research on statin use and Type 2 diabetes risk provides varied results. But a recent study revealed that the cholesterol-lowering medication significantly heightens the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The study, published in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, also showed that individuals who took statins for at least two years were at...
Source: NaturalNews.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Diabetes is associated with an increased mortality risk due to cardiovascular complications. Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress underlies these complications, leading to an impairment in endogenous nitric oxide (NO•) generation, together with reductions in NO• bioavailability and NO• responsiveness in the vasculature, platelets and myocardium. The latter impairment of responsiveness to NO•, termed NO• resistance, compromises the ability of traditional NO•-based therapeutics to improve hemodynamic status during diabetes-associated cardiovascular emergencies, such as acute myocardial infarct...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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