Am J Cardiol. 2020 Jul 13:S0002-9149(20)30692-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2020.06.069. Online ahead of print.
Lipid-lowering therapy is necessary to reduce cardiovascular event rates in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This study aimed to evaluate the effect of intensive lipid-lowering therapy, which comprised pitavastatin and ezetimibe, on patients with STEMI. We therefore undertook a post hoc subanalysis of the HIJ-PROPER study's data that examined the clinical outcomes of the patients with dyslipidemia and STEMI (n = 880) who received pitavastatin and ezetimibe therapy (intensive lipid-lowering therapy group) or pitavastatin monotherapy (standard lipid-lowering therapy group), and we evaluated their cardiovascular events. The primary end point was a composite of all-cause death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, unstable angina, and ischemia-driven revascularization. During the median 3.4-year follow-up period, the cumulative rates of the primary end point were 31.9% and 39.7% in the intensive lipid-lowering therapy and standard lipid-lowering therapy groups, respectively (hazard ratio [HR], 0.77; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.62 to 0.97; p = 0.02). Compared with the standard lipid-lowering therapy group, the intensive lipid-lowering therapy group had significantly lower all-cause death (6.9% vs 3.2%; HR, 0.45; 95% CI, 0.23 to 1.84; p = 0.01) and nonfatal stroke (2.9% vs 1.6%; HR, 0.77; 95% CI, 0.62 to 0.97; p = 0.02) rates. Patients with pitavastatin and ezetimibe therapy, as compared with pitavastatin monotherapy, had a lower cardiovascular event in STEMI patients. In conclusion, adding ezetimibe to statin therapy may be beneficial for patients with dyslipidemia and STEMI.