Introduction and objectives: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) score improves the accuracy of risk stratification for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events compared with traditional cardiovascular risk factors. We evaluated the interaction of coronary atherosclerotic burden as determined by the CAC score with the prognostic benefit of lipid-lowering therapies in the primary prevention setting. Methods: We reviewed the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases for studies including individuals without a previous ASCVD event who underwent CAC score assessment and for whom lipid-lowering therapy status stratified by CAC values was available. The primary outcome was ASCVD. The pooled effect of lipid-lowering therapy on outcomes stratified by CAC groups (0, 1-100,> 100) was evaluated using a random effects model. Results: Five studies (1 randomized, 2 prospective cohort, 2 retrospective) were included encompassing 35 640 individuals (female 38.1%) with a median age of 62.2 [range, 49.6-68.9] years, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level of 128 (114-146) mg/dL, and follow-up of 4.3 (2.3-11.1) years. ASCVD occurrence increased steadily across growing CAC strata, both in patients with and without lipid-lowering therapy. Comparing patients with (34.9%) and without (65.1%) treatment exposure, lipid-lowering therapy was associated with reduced occurrence of ASCVD in patients with CAC> 100 (OR, 0.70; 95%CI, 0.53-0.92), but not in patients with CAC 1-100 or CAC 0. Results were consistent when only adjusted data were pooled. Conclusions: Among individuals without a previous ASCVD, a CAC score> 100 identifies individuals most likely to benefit from lipid-lowering therapy, while undetectable CAC suggests no treatment benefit.

Impact of lipid-lowering therapies on cardiovascular outcomes according to coronary artery calcium score. A systematic review and meta-analysis

Gallone, Guglielmo;Elia, Edoardo;Angelini, Filippo;Franchin, Luca;Bocchino, Pier Paolo;Piroli, Francesco;Annone, Umberto;Montabone, Andrea;Marengo, Giorgio;Bertaina, Maurizio;De Filippo, Ovidio;Serafini, Alessandro;Esposito, Antonio;Depaoli, Alessandro;D'ascenzo, Fabrizio;Fonio, Paolo;De Ferrari, Gaetano Maria
2021

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Introduction and objectives: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) score improves the accuracy of risk stratification for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events compared with traditional cardiovascular risk factors. We evaluated the interaction of coronary atherosclerotic burden as determined by the CAC score with the prognostic benefit of lipid-lowering therapies in the primary prevention setting. Methods: We reviewed the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases for studies including individuals without a previous ASCVD event who underwent CAC score assessment and for whom lipid-lowering therapy status stratified by CAC values was available. The primary outcome was ASCVD. The pooled effect of lipid-lowering therapy on outcomes stratified by CAC groups (0, 1-100,> 100) was evaluated using a random effects model. Results: Five studies (1 randomized, 2 prospective cohort, 2 retrospective) were included encompassing 35 640 individuals (female 38.1%) with a median age of 62.2 [range, 49.6-68.9] years, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level of 128 (114-146) mg/dL, and follow-up of 4.3 (2.3-11.1) years. ASCVD occurrence increased steadily across growing CAC strata, both in patients with and without lipid-lowering therapy. Comparing patients with (34.9%) and without (65.1%) treatment exposure, lipid-lowering therapy was associated with reduced occurrence of ASCVD in patients with CAC> 100 (OR, 0.70; 95%CI, 0.53-0.92), but not in patients with CAC 1-100 or CAC 0. Results were consistent when only adjusted data were pooled. Conclusions: Among individuals without a previous ASCVD, a CAC score> 100 identifies individuals most likely to benefit from lipid-lowering therapy, while undetectable CAC suggests no treatment benefit.
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Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease; Coronary artery calcium score; Enfermedad cardiovascular ateroesclerótica; Lipid lowering therapy; Meta-analysis; Metanálisis; Prevención primaria; Primary prevention; Puntuación de calcio coronario; Tratamiento hipolipemiante
Gallone, Guglielmo; Elia, Edoardo; Bruno, Francesco; Angelini, Filippo; Franchin, Luca; Bocchino, Pier Paolo; Piroli, Francesco; Annone, Umberto; Montabone, Andrea; Marengo, Giorgio; Bertaina, Maurizio; De Filippo, Ovidio; Baldetti, Luca; Palmisano, Anna; Serafini, Alessandro; Esposito, Antonio; Depaoli, Alessandro; D'ascenzo, Fabrizio; Fonio, Paolo; De Ferrari, Gaetano Maria
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