Efficacy of Statin Therapy in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Magdalena Rysz-Górzynska, Anna Gluba-Brzózka, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Maria Corina Serban, Dimitri P. Mikhailidis, Sorin Ursoniu, Peter P. Toth, Vera Bittner, Gerald F. Watts, Gregory Y H Lip, Jacek Rysz, Alberico L. Catapano, Mac Iej Banach

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Since the evidence regarding statin therapy in PAH has not been conclusive, we assessed the impact of statin therapy in PAH through a systematic review and meta-analysis of available studies. We searched selected databases up to August 1, 2015 to identify the studies investigating the effect of statin administration on PAH. Meta-analysis was performed using either a fixed-effects or random-effect model according to I 2 statistic. Meta-analysis of 8 studies with 665 patients did not suggest any significant improvement in 6-min walking distance (6MWD) by statin therapy (weighed mean difference [WMD]:-6.08 m, 95% confidence interval [CI]:-25.66, 13.50, p = 0.543; Q = 8.41, I 2 = 28.64%). Likewise, none of the other indices including pulmonary arterial pressure (WMD:-0.97 mmHg, 95%CI:-4.39, 2.44, p = 0.577; Q = 14.64, I 2 = 79.51%), right atrial pressure (WMD: 1.01 mmHg, 95%CI:-0.93, 2.96, p = 0.307; Q = 44.88, I2 = 95.54%), cardiac index (WMD: 0.05 L/min/m2, 95%CI:-0.05, 0.15, p = 0.323; Q = 3.82, I 2 = 21.42%), and pulmonary vascular resistance (WMD:-1.42 dyn∗s/cm5, 95%CI:-72.11, 69.27, p = 0.969; Q = 0.69, I2 = 0%) was significantly altered by statin therapy. In conclusion, the results of the meta-analysis did not show a statistically significant effect of statin therapy in the improvement of 6MWD, pulmonary arterial pressure, right atrial pressure, cardiac index and pulmonary vascular resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30060
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - Jul 22 2016

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