The Effect of the PCSK9 Inhibitor Evolocumab on Aldosterone Secretion Among High Cardiovascular Risk Patients: A Pilot Study


Elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease. Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors reduce LDL cholesterol levels with subsequent reductions in cardiovascular morbidity. Elevated aldosterone levels are also associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular morbidity. There are currently no published data on the impact of PCSK9 inhibitor monotherapy on the secretion of aldosterone. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of monotherapy with the PSCK9 inhibitor evolocumab on the lipid profile and aldosterone secretion level in high-risk cardiovascular patients. Lipid profile, sodium, potassium, aldosterone, cortisol, plasma renin activity, and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels were analyzed at baseline and after 3 months of evolocumab therapy. Each participant underwent a 250 mcg ACTH stimulation test upon study entry. Eight women and seven men were included in the study. Their median total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, lipoprotein (a), apolipoprotein B100, and baseline and stimulated aldosterone levels were significantly lower after 3 months of evolocumab therapy. These heretofore unreported findings indicate that reductions in unstimulated and stimulated aldosterone secretion under evolocumab therapy could be associated with reductions in cardiovascular events, a possibility that warrants further investigation.

Authors: Elena Izkhakov, Yacov Shacham, Merav Serebro, Iris Yaish, Yonit Marcus, Gabi Shefer, Karen Tordjman, Yona Greenman, Naftali Stern, Tomer Ziv-Baran
Keywords: PCSK9 inhibitors, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
DOI Number: 10.3390/jcm10112504      Publication Year: 2021

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