A new approach to test validity and clinical usefulness of the 2013 ACC/AHA guideline on statin therapy: A population-based study

D Khalili, S Asgari, F Hadaegh, Ewout Steyerberg, K Rahimi, N Fahimfar, Fahim Azizi

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Background: The ACC/AHA released a newguideline on the assessment of cardiovascular risk andmanagement of hypercholesterolemia that some controversy exists concerning its usefulness. We examined the clinical usefulness of this guideline in a high incidence population using novel measures. Methods: First, we validated the new risk equation in a cohort of 2372 men and 2781 women aged 40-75 years. Then, high risk individuals for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) were identified according to the ACC/AHA guideline at baseline (as a predictor) and CVD outcomes were detected during a 10-year follow-up. Discrimination of the guidelinewas quantified and the quality of decisions was evaluated by Net Benefit Fraction index considering the harm, for false-positive, and benefit, for true-positive predictions. Finally, net number needed to treat (NNT) for statin was estimated, using test tradeoff index, in diabetic and non-diabetic subjects. Results: During follow-up, 726 CVD events including 298 hard CVDs occurred. The equation overestimated the risk by 57% in men and 48% in women. Based on the guideline, 73% of men and 44% of women were eligible for statin therapy. The lowest sensitivity was detected for intensive treatment in non-diabetic subgroups (82% in men and 41% in women; corresponding specificity, 52% and 90% respectively). The guideline had a significant net benefit for both moderate and intensive treatment, which resulted in estimated NNTs ranged 5-55; however, net benefit of intensive therapy was uncertain in non-diabetic women. Conclusions: We objectively showed that the ACC/AHA recommendations could be useful in our population but with some overtreatment in women. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)587-594
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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