Rho Kinase in Patients With Atherosclerosis
The purpose of the study is to investigate the effects of atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (Crestor), United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs commonly prescribed by doctors to lower cholesterol, on certain functions of platelets (cells that cause blood clots), white blood cells (cells that are responsible for inflammation), and blood flow regulation by arteries. This is important because we are looking at ways to more effectively prevent atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in blood vessels) and heart disease. Many studies have demonstrated that these drugs are effective at reducing inflammation and stabilizing plaques. We are interested in better understanding the effects of these medicines on inflammation (pain and swelling) and the mechanism by which they act.
Hypothesis: Atorvastatin (40mg) will reduce inflammatory markers and activity more than Rosuvastatin (10mg) in spite of equal LDL-C reduction.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Rho Kinase in Patients With Atherosclerosis: Effects of Statins - A Double Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Rosuvastatin and Atorvastatin|
|Study Start Date:||December 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2007|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00115830
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Brigham and Womens Hospital|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Principal Investigator:||Andrew Selwyn, MD||Brigham and Womens Hospital|