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Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Cardiovascular disease, specifically from atherosclerosis, is the major cause of mortality in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in developed countries. Coronary artery disease and stroke contribute to long-term morbidity in surviving patients. Atherosclerosis in SLE is multifactorial, with immune/inflammatory endothelial damage, traditional cardiovascular risk factors, and prothrombotic factors all playing important roles. Multiple groups have shown that hyperlipidemia is predictive of later atherosclerosis in SLE. In the general population, statins have become the drug of choice in preventing atherosclerotic events, through two mechanisms: lipid lowering that helps to prevent progression, and stabilization of plaques to prevent rupture. In the Lupus Atherosclerosis Prevention Trial we will determine if atorvastatin reduces the progression of atherosclerosis on helical computed tomography (CT) and carotid duplex. Recent work has confirmed that statins have an immunomodulatory role. This study will also determine whether statins improve clinical lupus activity or lupus serologies (anti-dsDNA and complement).


Inclusion Criteria: - Patients with a clinical diagnosis of SLE, confirmed by a faculty rheumatologist at Johns Hopkins. - Patients must be 18 years of age or older - Give informed consent. Exclusion Criteria: - SLE patients with a known atherosclerotic event, such as angina, myocardial infarction, or stroke, with an abnormal lipid profile for which a statin would be standard of care, are excluded. - Pregnant patients (or patients planning to become pregnant in the next two years) are excluded. - Patients who have known chronic liver disease, have unexplained elevation of their liver enzymes greater than 2 times the upper limit of normal , or an elevated CPK greater than 1.5 times the upper limit of the normal value for the patient’s racial group, are excluded. - Patients with triglycerides greater than 500 mg/dl or LDL greater than 190 in the absence of 2 risk factors (and who are unwilling to participate in a formal nutritional/lifestyle modification program that we recommend for them) are excluded.



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Principal Investigator
Michelle A Petri, M.D.,MPH
Johns Hopkins University

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Baltimore, Maryland 21205
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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