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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 21-27

Angioscopic Evaluation of Stabilizing Effects of Bezafibrate on Coronary Plaques in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

1Clinical Physiology and Cardiovascular Center, Toho University Hospital at Sakura, Shimoshizu, Sakura, Chiba-Ken, Japan
2Cardiology, Narita Red Cross Hospital, Iida, Narita, Chiba-Ken, Japan
3Cardiology, Funabashi-Futawa Hospital, Futawa Higashi, Funabashi, Chiba-Ken, Japan

Received 24 March 2000; Revised 29 May 2000; Accepted 15 June 2000

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Background Since long-term administrations of anti-hyperlipidemic agents result in reduction in % stenosis or increase in minimum lumen diameter (MLD) of stenotic coronary segments, it is generally believed that anti-hyperlipidemic agents stabilize vulnerable coronary plaques. However, recent pathologic and angioscopic studies revealed that vulnerability of coronary plaques is not related to severity of stenosis and the rims rather than top of the plaques disrupt, and therefore, angiography is not adequate for evaluation of vulnerability.

Angioscopy enables macroscopic pathological evaluation of the coronary plaques. Therefore, we carried out a prospective angioscopic open trial for evaluation of the stabilizing effects of bezafibrate on coronary plaques.

Methods From April, 1997 to December, 1998, 24 patients underwent coronary angioscopy of the plaques in the non-targeted vessels during coronary interventions and 6 months later. The patients were divided into control (10 patients, 14 plaques) and bezafibrat (14 patients, 21 plaques) groups. Oral administration of bezafibrate (Bezatol SR, 400mg/day) was started immediately after the interventions and was continued for 6 months. The vulnerability score was determined based on angioscopic characteristics of plaques and it was compared before and 6 months later.

Results Six months later, vulnerability score was reduced (from 1.6 to 0.8;p < 0.05) in bezafibrate group and unchanged (from 1.4 to 1.3; NS) in control group. In bezafibrate group, the changes in vulnerability score was not correlated with those in % stenosis or MLD.

Conclusion The results indicate that bezafibrate can stabilize coronary plaques.