© 2016 Elsevier Ireland LtdBackground and aims Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) profoundly increases the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated whether diet and a bile-acid sequestrant decrease coronary atherosclerosis in patients with FH. Methods We identified 26 men with FH and CAD, participating in the St Thomas' Atherosclerosis Regression Study, who had been randomized to receive a fat-modified diet plus cholestyramine (8 g twice daily) (DC, n = 12) or usual care (UC, n = 14), and investigated the relative effects of these treatments on the angiographic progression of coronary atherosclerosis over 39 months. FH was defined as probable/definite according to Dutch Lipid Clinic Network criteria; mean FH score was 8.7 (range 6–15) and mean baseline low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-Ch) concentration was 5.4 (SD 1.4) mmol/L. Coronary atherosclerosis was assessed by serial quantitative angiography as the global changes in mean and minimum absolute width of segments (MAWS and MinAWS, respectively). Results Mean plasma LDL-Ch concentration fell by 35% with DC and remained significantly (p <0.001) lower during the trial at 3.78 (SD 0.98) mmol/L compared with UC at 4.89 (1.04). MAWS decreased by 0.252 (SEM 0.072) mm in the UC group and by 0.001 (0.065) mm in the DC group (p = 0.007), with corresponding reductions in MinAWS of 0.290 (0.087) mm and 0.013 (0.058) mm (p = 0.009); these changes were significant after adjusting for baseline variables, including coronary luminal dimensions and lipoprotein(a). Progression was observed in 7 patients (50%) on UC and 3 (25%) on DC (p = 0.19), with regression in no patients (0%) and 3 patients (25%) (p <0.05), respectively. Conclusions This investigation, carried out in the pre-statin era, demonstrates that a prudent diet and cholestyramine could improve the course of coronary atherosclerosis in men with phenotypic FH through sustained reductions in LDL-Ch.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2016|