Achievement of 2011 European low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) goals of either <70 mg/dl or ≥50% reduction in high-risk patients: Results from VOYAGER

Björn W. Karlson, Stephen J. Nicholls, Pia Lundman, Mike K. Palmer, Philip J. Barter

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Objective: Guidelines published in 2011 by the European Atherosclerosis Society and the European Society of Cardiology recommend a goal of either low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) <70 mg/dl (∼1.8 mmol/l) or ≥50% reduction in LDL-C for patients at very high cardiovascular risk. The aim of this study was to determine the percentage of high-risk patients from the VOYAGER individual patient data meta-analysis treated with rosuvastatin 10-40 mg, atorvastatin 10-80 mg or simvastatin 10-80 mg who achieved this goal. Methods: We analysed 25,075 patient exposures from high-risk patients. Paired comparisons were made between each rosuvastatin dose and an equal or higher dose of either atorvastatin or simvastatin, with a series of meta-analyses that included only randomised studies that directly compared rosuvastatin and its comparator treatments. Results: As statin dose increased, higher percentages of patients achieved LDL-C <70 mg/dl or ≥50% LDL-C reduction. A greater percentage achieved this goal with rosuvastatin 10-40 mg (43.8-79.0%) than with equal or double milligram doses of atorvastatin (16.1-65.2%) or simvastatin (0-39.7%).Paired comparisons showed statistically significant differences for: rosuvastatin 10 mg vs. atorvastatin 10-20 mg and simvastatin 10-20 mg; rosuvastatin 20 mg vs. atorvastatin 20-40 mg and simvastatin 20-80 mg; and rosuvastatin 40 mg vs. atorvastatin 40-80 mg and simvastatin 40-80 mg (all p < 0.001). Conclusion: These data from VOYAGER highlight the importance of an effective statin at an appropriate dose to achieve treatment goals for LDL-C in patients with very high cardiovascular risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Atorvastatin
  • Guidelines
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • Meta-analysis
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Simvastatin
  • Targets

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