Dyslipidemia, statins, and CKD patients' outcomes – review of the evidence in the post-sharp era
Journal of Nephrology, 07/13/2012
Heymann EP et al. – Bearing in mind that animal model and preclinical evidence suggests dyslipidemia might also be a factor promoting worsening renal function, it could legitimately be asked whether treating it may also therefore have a nephroprotective effect.
- Hyperlipidemia in the general population is strongly associated with an increased incidence of major adverse cardiovascular (CV) events (MACE).
- It is well established that HMG–CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) reduce CV and all–cause mortality in the general population, as well as in patients with CV disease (CVD).
- However, such a finding has not been definitively confirmed in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
- Given that CV risk gradually increases with increasing stages of CKD (and is even higher in dialysis patients), it is of major relevance and importance to identify whether CKD patients might also benefit from alteration of lipid fractions, and how this might best be achieved.