• Prevalence of dyslipidaemia in statin-treated patients in Ireland: Irish results of the DYSlipidaemia International Study (DYSIS).

      Horgan, S; Crowley, J; Feely, J; McAdam, B; Shanahan, E; Vaughan, C; Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Incorporating the National Children's Hospital,, Dublin, Ireland. horgan_stephen77@hotmail.com (2012-02-01)
      BACKGROUND: Statins are proven to reduce cardiovascular risk; however, substantial risk remains in patients on statin therapy. Persisting dyslipidaemia is likely to play a contributory role. AIM: To assess the prevalence of persisting lipid abnormalities in patients treated with statins. METHODS: DYSIS was a cross-sectional study of 22,063 patients in Europe and Canada. 900 Irish patients participated. All patients were >/= 45 years and treated with statins for >/= 3 months. Data were collected from the patients' records. ESC guidelines were used to classify risk and to define lipid levels. RESULTS: Mean age was 66.1 years with women representing 40.7%. 78.6% were high-risk patients; that is 53.9% with cardiovascular disease (CVD), 20.1% with diabetes and 15.9% with a SCORE risk >/= 5%. Total cholesterol was not at goal in 34.4% of all patients. LDL-C was elevated in 30.8% of all patients and in 30% at high risk. Low HDL-C was found in 34.7% of high-risk patients compared to 16.9% of patients with an ESC score <5%. In diabetics without CVD, low HDL-C and elevated TGs were found in 46 and 44.3%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Despite statin therapy, a significant number of patients have persistent dyslipidaemia. While LDL-C targets are suboptimal in three out of ten patients, the prevalence of low HDL-C and high TGs in high-risk patients is greater than one in three. A more integrated approach to the treatment of patients with dyslipidaemia is warranted. Clinical trials are needed to assess the impact of therapies that raise HDL-C and lower elevated TGs.