Atorvastatin increases HDL cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic patients. Evidence of a relationship with baseline HDL cholesterol

A. Branchi, A. M. Fiorenza, A. Torri, F. Muzio, C. Berra, E. Colombo, E. Dalla Valle, A. Rovellini, D. Sommariva

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Abstract

Background and Aim: It has been reported that atorvastatin increases high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) more in patients with low than in those with high baseline HDL-C levels. This may have a biological explanation, but also suggests a statistical artifact known as the regression to the mean. Methods and Results: Atorvastatin 10 mg/day led to a 4% increase in HDL-C after two months in 67/121 patients with hypercholesterolemia (55%), who had lower baseline HDL-C levels than the patients in whom HDL-C did not increase. In the patients with baseline HDL-C below the median, HDL-C significantly increased whereas no change was observed in patients with baseline HDL-C above the median. The correlation coefficient between pre- and post-treatment HDL-C was 0.84, thus suggesting a regression to the mean. However, the regression artifact did not entirely explain the increase in HDL-C in patients with low baseline HDL-C or the lack of an increase in those with high baseline HDL-C. The adjusted mean increase was 5.4% in patients with low pretreatment HDL-C, and 2.4% in the patients with high pretreatment HDL-C. Multiple regression analysis with the changes in HDL-C as the dependent variable showed that baseline HDL-C and the changes in serum triglycerides independently contributed to the change in HDL-C levels. Conclusions: Atorvastatin 10 mg/day increases HDL-C more in patients with low pretreatment HDL-C levels, an effect that seems to be related to the hypotriglyceridemic activity of the drug.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalNutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2002

Keywords

  • Atorvastatin
  • HDL cholesterol
  • Regression to the mean artifact
  • Triglycerides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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