Use of fibrates is not associated with reduced risks of mortality or cardiovascular events among ESRD patients: A national cohort study

Wen Yu Ho, Chieh Li Yen, Cheng Chia Lee, Yi Ran Tu, Chao Yu Chen, Ching Chung Hsiao, Pao Hsien Chu, Hsiang Hao Hsu, Ya Chun Tian, Chih Hsiang Chang*

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Background: Although a recent study reported that fibrates are associated with a low risk of cardiovascular (CV) death and can postpone the need for long-term hemodialysis in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), little is known regarding whether the CV protective effects of fibrates extend to patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The present study compared CV outcomes and mortality among patients with ESRD treated with fibrates, statins, neither, or their combination. Methods: This cohort study extracted data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). Adult patients with ESRD and hyperlipidemia were identified and categorized into four groups (fibrate, statin, combination, and non-user groups) according to their use of different lipid-lowering therapies within 3 months prior to the commencement of permanent dialysis. Inverse probability of treatment weighting was used to balance the baseline characteristics of the groups. The follow-up outcomes were all-cause mortality, CV death, and major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCEs). Results: Compared with the non-user and statin groups, the fibrate group did not exhibit significantly lower risks of all-cause mortality [fibrate vs. non-user: hazard ratio (HR), 0.97; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.92–1.03; statin vs. fibrate: HR, 0.95; 95% CI, 0.90–1.01], CV death (fibrate vs. non-user: HR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.90–1.05; statin vs. fibrate: HR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.90–1.06), and MACCEs (fibrate vs. non-user: HR, 1.03; 95% CI, 0.96–1.10; statin vs. fibrate: HR, 0.94; 95% CI, 0.87–1.004). The combination of fibrates and statins (specifically moderate- to high-potency statins) did not result in lower risks of all-cause mortality, CV death, or MACCEs compared with statins alone. Conclusion: In patients with ESRD, the use of fibrates might be not associated with reduced mortality or CV risks, regardless of whether they are used alone or in combination with statins.

Original languageEnglish
Article number907539
JournalFrontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
StatePublished - 09 11 2022

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  • cardiovascular
  • end-stage renal disease
  • fibrates
  • hypertriglyceridemia
  • mortality


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