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A prospective study of HDL-C and cholesteryl ester transfer protein gene mutations and the risk of coronary heart disease in the elderly.
Curb-JD; Abbott-RD; Rodriguez-BL; Masaki-K; Chen-R; Sharp-DS; Tall-AR
J Lipid Res 2004 May; 45(5):948-953
High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels are inversely associated with the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in middle-aged individuals; in the elderly, the association is less clear. Genetic factors, including variations in the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene, play a role in determining HDL-C levels. Controversy remains about whether CETP deficiency and the resultant rise in HDL-C are antiatherogenic, or whether CETP has the opposite effect due to its role in reverse cholesterol transport. In a seven-year follow-up of 2,340 men aged 71-93 in the Honolulu Heart Program, the age-adjusted CHD incidence rates were significantly lower in men with high versus low HDL-C levels. After adjustment for age, hypertension, smoking, and total cholesterol, the relative risk of CHD for those with HDL-C levels greater than or equal to60 mg/dl, compared with those with HDL-C levels <40 mg/dl, was 0.6. Men with a CETP mutation had the lowest rates of CHD, although this was not statistically significant. These data indicate that HDL-C remains an important risk factor for CHD in the elderly. Whether a CETP mutation offers additional protection against CHD warrants further investigation.
Age-factors; Age-groups; Men; Heart; Gerontology
JD Curb, Pacific Hlth Res Inst, Honolulu, HI
Issue of Publication
Journal of Lipid Research
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