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[Pleiotrop effect of rosuvastatin: clinical revelance of decreasing the mean platelet volume]

PUKOLI Dániel, SEMJÉN Judit, SZÉKELY Anita, RAJDA Cecília

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2015;25(08-09)

[INTRODUCTION -Activated platelets play a key role in the patomechanism of cardiovascular diseases. One biomarker of platelet activation is mean platelet volume (MPV). Increased MPV level is connected to higher cardiovascular risk. Statins are frequently used in vascular diseases. We examined the effect of rosuvastatin on platelets in serum. METHODS - The patient were divided in medium risk and high risk (suffering ischaemic stroke) groups. Altogether parameters (total-, HDL, LDL-cholesterol, MPV) of 66 patients were examined before and after rosuvastatin treatment. RESULTS - Rosuvastatin decreased the cholesterol and MPV levels in both groups. This effect was greater in the high risk group. DISCUSSION - According the our findings rosuvastatin decreases the MPV both in hypercholesterolaemic and ischaemic stroke patients. The high LDL level causes increased platelet activation leading to increased thrombosis. This cascade worsens the underlying pathways in cardiovascular diseases. We found that aspirin taken together with rosuvastatin has a greater effect on decreasing the MPV. This probably doubles the antithrombotic effect. ]

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