Current pharmacotherapies for atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases

Jong Gil Park, Goo Taeg Oh

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Despite the introduction of statins for lowering LDL-C level, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) remains a leading cause of death and morbidity worldwide. Combination therapies with statin and other lipid-lowering drugs, including ezetimibe and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors, have unlocked additive benefits for treatment of ASCVD, but morbidity and mortality due to ASCVD remain high. New anti-inflammatory therapies have emerged for treatment and prevention of ASCVD to address these problems. Canakinumab neutralization of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is the only verified therapy, and low-dose methotrexate holds promise due to its efficacy and safety for treatment of ASCVD. However, many agonistic and antagonistic candidates within inflammation pathways have failed to develop into useful drugs for ASCVD because of the complexity of the inflammatory process in atherosclerosis. In this review, we outline current and future pharmaceutical therapies for ASCVD in terms of lipid-modifying strategies and anti-inflammation treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-223
Number of pages18
JournalArchives of Pharmacal Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This study was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korean government (Nos.2012R1A3A2026454, 2018R1C1B6005004) and by a Grant from the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, The Pharmaceutical Society of Korea.


  • Anti-inflammatory therapies
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (ASCVD)
  • Canakinumab
  • Ezetimibe
  • Lipid-lowering drugs
  • Methotrexate
  • PCSK9 inhibitor
  • Pharmaceutical therapies
  • Statin


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