Lipid-Modifying Drugs: Pharmacology and Perspectives

  • Rui-Xia Xu
  • Yong-Jian WuEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1177)


Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It is well known that dyslipidemia is a major pathogenic risk factor for atherosclerosis and CAD, which results in cardiac ischemic injury and myocardial infarction. Lipid-modifying drugs can effectively improve lipid abnormalities including reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides (TG) or increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and eventually decrease the incidence of cardiovascular events. This chapter will review basic principles of lipid metabolism and focus on the therapeutic strategies of lipids modifying drugs (statins, proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors, ezetimibe, niacin, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and so on) in patients with arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Meanwhile, the challenges and perspectives of the lipid-lowering agents currently in clinical practice as well as their limitations will be outlined.


Coronary artery disease Atherosclerosis Lipids metabolism Lipids modifying drugs 


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  1. 1.Department of CardiologyFuwai Hospital, National Center for Cardiovascular Disease, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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