Lowering triglycerides to modify cardiovascular risk: Will icosapent deliver?

Daniel J. Scherer, Stephen J. Nicholls

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Abstract

Despite the clinical benefits of lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, many patients continue to experience cardiovascular events. This residual risk suggests that additional risk factors require aggressive modification to result in more effective prevention of cardiovascular disease. Hypertriglyceridemia has presented a considerable challenge with regard to understanding its role in the promotion of cardiovascular risk. Increasing evidence has established a clear causal role for elevated triglyceride levels in vascular risk. As a result, there is increasing interest in the development of specific therapeutic strategies that directly target hypertriglyceridemia. This has seen a resurgence in the use of omega-3 fatty acids for the therapeutic lowering of triglyceride levels. The role of these agents and other emerging strategies to reduce triglyceride levels in order to decrease vascular risk are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalVascular Health and Risk Management
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular risk
  • Fish oil
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Lipids
  • Omega-3 fatty acid

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