Incorporation of PCSK9 inhibitors into prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

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Primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) has become recently more complex than ever, leaving the clinicians perplexed with outdated guidelines and emerging evidence about new LDL-C lowering therapies. 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines have focused on high intensity statin therapy for specific groups of patients, while abandoning long established LDL-C goals, a strategy which no longer seems valid. PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitors have emerged as the add-on therapy on top of statins and/or ezetimibe for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and ASCVD prevention. In several clinical trials, PCSK9 inhibitors have demonstrated their safety and robust LDL-C-lowering power. One completed cardiovascular (CV) outcomes trial (FOURIER; Further Cardiovascular Outcomes Research with PCSK9 Inhibitions in Subjects with Elevated Risk) has demonstrated that PCSK9 inhibition reduces rates of CV death as well as non-fatal stroke and MI, while another major CV outcome trial is under way (ODYSSEY-OUTCOMES). Several trials studying CV benefits of novel LDL-C-lowering therapies are also being conducted. Prompt revision of ACC/AHA guidelines is necessary. In the meantime, physicians need to use clinical judgment integrating the most recent evidence into their practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPostgraduate Medicine
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Sep 16 2017



  • ASCVD prevention
  • cholesterol
  • Dyslipidemia
  • ezetimibe
  • guidelines
  • LDL
  • PCSK9
  • PCSK9 inhibitors
  • statins

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  • Medicine(all)

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