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Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibition with evolocumab: powerful low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering and improved cardiovascular outcomes without an increase in the risk of diabetes mellitus

Authors: Constantine E. Kosmas, Andreas Sourlas, Kyriaki V. Bouza, Eddy DeJesus, Delia Silverio, Peter D. Montan, Eliscer Guzman

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading global cause of death and accounts for approximately 30% of the total annual deaths worldwide (1). In the United States, CVD is very common and affects over one third of the population (2). It is well established that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, and treatment with LDLC- lowering medications has elicited a marked reduction in cardiovascular risk in both primary (3) and secondary (4) prevention.