Is there benefit to adding ezetimibe to a statin for the secondary prevention of CVD?
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Q: Is there benefit to adding ezetimibe to a statin for the secondary prevention of CVD? Evidence-based answer: YES. In patients with known cardiovascular disease (CVD), ezetimibe with a statin decreases major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) but has no effect on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, compared to a statin alone (strength of recommendation [SOR], A; meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials [RCTs] including 1 large RCT). In adults with atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD), the combination of ezetimibe and a moderate-intensity statin (rosuvastatin 10 mg) was noninferior at decreasing cardiovascular death, major cardiovascular events, and nonfatal stroke, but was more tolerable, compared to a high-intensity statin (rosuvastatin 20 mg) alone (SOR, B; 1 RCT).
J Fam Pract. 2023 June;72(5):227-229 | doi: 10.12788/jfp.0610
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