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THEMED SHORT TRACK: New and emerging therapies to treat dyslipidaemias and atherosclerosis

Monday 27 August 2018   (0 Comments)
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Introducing Themed Short Tracks

In SHORT TRACKS we collect 2-4 recent lectures from EAS congresses or courses, putting them together to provide up-to-date perspectives on a given current topic.

This month’s SHORT TRACK topic is Current Issues in Dietary Management of Dyslipidemia. Dietary recommendations still trigger a lot of debate both among professionals and the general public. Thus, we believe you will be attracted to view our selection of the three illustrative presentations we have gathered and described below.

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PCSK9 Inhibition in high risk patients 

This presentation is made by Dr. Gabriel StegProfessor of Cardiology at the UniversityParis-Diderot, and Director of the Coronary Care Unit of Bichat Hospital,Paris, France.

In his presentation, Prof Gabriel Steg, firstly discusses the results of the FOURIER trial and the efficacy of evolocumab, a specific fully human mAb against PCSK9, in reducing the primary and key secondary endpoints in high risk stable patients with established CV disease.

He also presents data on the effect of evolocumab on the primary outcomes in diabetics and PAD patients. He next presents the topline results from the ODYSSEY OUTCOMES trial, in which the efficacy of alirocumab, another specific fully human mAb against PCSK9, in reducing the primary and main secondary endpoints in patients after an ACS, was studied. He concludes that both mAbs reduce CV events in high risk patients and are well tolerated for duration of treatment of up to 5 years. 

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Anti-Inflammatory Therapy for Atherosclerosis - Theory and Practice

The 2nd presentation included in this Newsletter was given as a Keynote Lecture by Professor Peter Libby a world-wide recognized specialist in vascular biology, atherosclerosis and preventive cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

In his lecture, Prof. Peter Libby discusses the important role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of Atherosclerosis and therefore raises the question whether targeted anti-inflammatory therapy can improve cardiovascular outcomes in humans. He next discusses the proinflammatory actions of IL-1β in the artery wall and the multiple lines of evidence that implicate IL-1β in atherogenesis. Subsequently, Prof. Peter Libby presents canakinumab a high affinity human mAb against human IL-1β and its efficacy to prevent recurrent cardiovascular events as it was revealed from the results of the CANTOS clinical trial. He discusses the results of this trial and points out that lowering inflammation by IL-1β blockade, reduces cardiovascular and total mortality and also reduces fatal lung cancer.  

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Silencing genes, new targets


Professor Sotirios TsimikasDirector of Vascular Medicine and Professor of Medicine,University of California San Diego, La Jolla, USA, starts his presentation with a summary on the RNA-based therapeutics to silence genes, including ASOs, siRNA and Aptamers, as well as on the underlyingmechanisms. Subsequently his presentation focuses on recent data by his group regarding the specific ASOs targeting the mRNAs of apo(a), apo C-III and ANGPTL3. Τhe clinical efficacy, of these emerging therapies to reduce the levels of atherogenic lipoproteins in humans as well as their safety and tolerability are presented.

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Selected presentations from the EAS 2018 Congress, Lisbon, Portugal in May are now available on the ACADEMY. These presentations are open to EAS members. Register as an EAS Individual member to access premium content on the ACADEMY.

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