Autosomal Recessive Hypercholesterolemia: Long-Term Cardiovascular Outcomes.

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Autosomal recessive hypercholesterolemia (ARH) is a rare lipid disorder characterized by premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). There are sparse data for clinical management and cardiovascular outcomes in ARH. Evaluation of changes in lipid management, achievement of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) goals and cardiovascular outcomes in ARH. Published ARH cases were identified by electronic search. All corresponding authors and physicians known to treat these patients were asked to provide follow-up information, using a standardized protocol. We collected data for 52 patients (28 females, 24 males; 31.1 ± 17.1 years of age; baseline LDL-C: 571.9 ± 171.7 mg/dl). During a mean follow-up of 14.1 ± 7.3 years, there was a significant increase in the use of high-intensity statin and ezetimibe in combination with lipoprotein apheresis; in 6 patients, lomitapide was also added. Mean LDL-C achieved at nadir was 164.0 ± 85.1 mg/dl (-69.6% from baseline), with a better response in patients taking lomitapide (-88.3%). Overall, 23.1% of ARH patients reached LDL-C of  Despite intensive treatment, LDL-C in ARH patients remains far from targets, and this translates into a poor long-term cardiovascular prognosis. Our data highlight the importance of an early diagnosis and treatment and confirm the fact that an effective treatment protocol for ARH is still lacking.
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atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, autosomal recessive hypercholesterolemia, follow-up, lipid-lowering therapies, retrospective analysis