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‘Phenomenal’ REDUCE-IT establishes triglyceride theory


 

REPORTING FROM THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS

– REDUCE-IT is a phenomenal trial and a game changer because it has shown for the first time that triglyceride reduction with an appropriate therapy – in this case icosapent ethyl – when used in appropriate doses can make a significant difference.

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That’s according to Prakash C. Deedwania, MD, chief of the cardiology division at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center/University of California San Francisco Program in Fresno, who joined MDedge reporter Richard Mark Kirkner for a video interview at the American Heart Association scientific sessions.

In the large, placebo-controlled REDUCE-IT trial in patients with or at high risk for cardiovascular disease received who received 2 g of icosapent ethyl (Vascepa) twice daily or placebo saw a 25% lower risk of cardiovascular death or an ischemic event, compared with placebo.

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