Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

PCSK9 inhibitor lowers CV risk in peripheral artery disease and in high-risk patients with previous MI

Evolocumab and Outcomes in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (Bonaca) & Clinical Benefit of Evolocumab in Patients with a History of MI: An Analysis from FOURIER (Sabatine)

Presented at AHA 2017 Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, CA, USA by Marc Bonaca and Marc Sabatine (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA)

News - Nov. 21, 2017


Two clinical trial updates of the FOURIER study were presented during the AHA Scientific Sessions. The FOURIER trial evaluated the effect of the PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab (140 mg Q@W or 420 mg QM) in high-risk patients with existing CV disease (previous MI or stroke, or symptomatic PAD), as compared with placebo on a background of high or moderate intensity statin therapy with or without ezetimibe. Median follow-up was 2.2 years. The primary endpoint was a composite of CVD, MI, stroke and coronary revascularization.

Previously, it has been published that PCSK9 inhibition with evolocumab lowers LDL-c with 59% to a median of 30 mg/dL, which lowers the primary endpoint with 15% in statin-treated patients.

This analyses specifically concerns patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD, claudication intermittens and ABI <0.85 and previous peripheral revascularization or amputation for ischemia, n=3642) in the lower limb, because they have an increased risk of MACE events and limb events (MALE: acute limb ischemia (ALI), major amputation (AKA or BKA), or urgent revascularization).

Another analysis concerned patients with previous MI (n=21162), with the objective to investigate if readily ascertainable clinical features of the CAD history identified patients at higher CV risk, or who derived greater benefit from PCSK9 inhibition. Patients were subdivided into three groups, based on 3 factors: time from qualifying MI, number of prior MI’s at baseline or presence of residual multivessel disease at baseline.

Main results

Findings in patients with PAD

Findings in patients with MI


It results from the PAD analysis that these patients, with a higher risk of both MACE and MALE, benefit from treatment with evolocumab in the reduction of these events. Benefits extend to PAD patients without prior MI or stroke. Thus, dr Bonaca concluded that LDL-C reduction to very low levels should be considered in patients with PAD, regardless of history of MI or stroke, to reduce the risk of MACE and MALE.

The other analysis showed that patients closer to their most recent MI, with multiple prior MIs, or with multivessel disease, are at 34-90% risk for major vascular events. These patients experience both substantial relative and absolute risk reductions with intensive LDL-C lowering with evolocumab. These readily ascertainable clinical features offer one approach to tailoring therapy.


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