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Martina Turk Veselič, Barbara Eržen, Jurij Hanžel, Žiga Piletič, Mišo Šabovič
(Department of Vascular Diseases, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Med Sci Monit 2018; 24:6892-6899
We tested the concept of improving arterial wall characteristics by treatment with a very low-dose combination of fluvastatin and valsartan (low-flu/val) in stable, post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We enrolled 36 post-MI middle-aged males in the treatment (n=20) or control (n=16) group receiving low-flu/val (10 mg/20 mg) or placebo, respectively. The parameters of endothelial function (flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), reactive hyperemia index), and arterial stiffness (carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV), local carotid PWV, and beta stiffness coefficient) were measured before and after 30 days of therapy, and 10 weeks later.
RESULTS: Treatment with low-flu/val improved FMD from 3.1±1.3% to 4.8±1.5% (p<0.001; by 54.8%) and cf-PWV from 7.8±1.1 to 6.7±1.5 m/s (p<0.01; by 14.1%) without affecting either lipids or blood pressure. In the treatment group, FMD and/or cf-PWV significantly improved in 17 patients, but the improvements did not correlate. The benefits obtained were still detectable 10 weeks after complete treatment cessation. No changes were obtained in the control group. No other vascular parameters changed.
CONCLUSIONS: Low-flu/val added “on top of” optimal therapy substantially improves endothelial function and arterial stiffness in post-MI patients. Since these improved parameters are well-known predictors of future coronary events, such treatment could decrease cardiovascular risk. Further studies are therefore warranted.