The role of atherogenic dyslipidaemia in clinical practice guidelines

Juan Pedro-Botet, Teresa Mantilla-Morató, Ángel Díaz-Rodríguez, Ángel Brea-Hernando, Pedro González-Santos, Antonio Hernández-Mijares, Xavier Pintó, Jesús Millán Núñez-Cortés

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© 2016 Sociedad Española de Arteriosclerosis. Background and objective: Atherogenic dyslipidaemia is underdiagnosed, undertreated, and under-controlled. The aim of the present study was to assess the positioning of clinical guidelines as regards atherogenic dyslipidaemia. Material and method: The major clinical guidelines of scientific societies or official agencies issued between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2015 were collected from the MEDLINE database. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, atherogenic dyslipidaemia, non-HDL cholesterol, and apolipoprotein (apo) B were gathered from the 10 selected guidelines, and it was assessed whether these parameters were considered a cardiovascular risk factor, a therapeutic target, or proposed a pharmacological strategy. Results: American guidelines, except the National Lipid Association (NLA), do not consider HDL cholesterol and triglycerides in cardiovascular prevention. The NLA emphasises the relevance of atherogenic dyslipidaemia. The Canadian guidelines introduced non-HDL cholesterol and Apo B as alternative targets, and proposes non-statin treatment in the presence of low HDL cholesterol and hypertriglyceridaemia. The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines promote the importance of non-HDL cholesterol. European, Brazilian and Japanese guidelines highlight HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, but with the limitation that the main evidence comes from sub-analysis of clinical studies. Conclusions: The clinical guidelines analysed do not consider, or unconvincingly address, the importance of atherogenic dyslipidaemia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
JournalClinica e Investigacion en Arteriosclerosis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Atherogenic dyslipidaemia
  • Cardiovascular prevention
  • Cholesterol
  • Lipids
  • Practice guidelines
  • Triglycerides


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