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Changes in Lipid Profile of Obese Patients following Contemporary Bariatric Surgery: A Meta-Analysis

Heffron, Sean P; Parikh, Amar; Volodarskiy, Alexandar; Ren-Fielding, Christine; Schwartzbard, Arthur; Nicholson, Joseph; Bangalore, Sripal
BACKGROUND: Although metabolic surgery was originally performed to treat hypercholesterolemia, the effects of contemporary bariatric surgery on serum lipids have not been systematically characterized. METHODS AND RESULTS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane databases were searched for studies with >/=20 obese adults undergoing bariatric surgery [Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGBP), Adjustable Gastric Banding, Bilio-Pancreatic Diversion (BPD), or Sleeve Gastrectomy]. The primary outcome was change in lipids from baseline to one-year after surgery. The search yielded 178 studies with 25,189 subjects (pre-operative BMI 45.5+/-4.8kg/m2) and 47,779 patient-years of follow-up. In patients undergoing any bariatric surgery, compared to baseline, there were significant reductions in total cholesterol (TC; -28.5mg/dL), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C; -22.0mg/dL), triglycerides (-61.6mg/dL) and a significant increase in high density lipoprotein cholesterol (6.9mg/dL) at one year (P<0.00001 for all). The magnitude of this change was significantly greater than that seen in non-surgical control patients (eg LDL-C; -22.0mg/dL vs -4.3mg/dL). When assessed separately, the magnitude of changes varied greatly by surgical type (Pinteraction<0.00001; eg LDL-C: BPD -42.5mg/dL, RYGBP -24.7mg/dL, Adjustable Gastric Banding -8.8mg/dL, Sleeve Gastrectomy -7.9mg/dL). In the cases of Adjustable Gastric Banding (TC and LDL-C) and Sleeve Gastrectomy (LDL-C), the response at one year following surgery was not significantly different from non-surgical control patients. CONCLUSIONS: Contemporary bariatric surgical techniques produce significant improvements in serum lipids, but changes vary widely, likely due to anatomic alterations unique to each procedure. These differences may be relevant in deciding the most appropriate technique for a given patient.
PMCID:4988934
PMID: 26899751
ISSN: 1555-7162
CID: 1965332

Greater Frequency of Nut Consumption is Associated with Lower Prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease

Heffron, Sean P; Rockman, Caron B; Gianos, Eugenia; Guo, Yu; Berger, Jeffrey S
Nut consumption has been associated with lower risk of coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality. The association between nut intake and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the association between nut consumption and presence of prevalent PAD in a large cross-sectional sample. METHODS: Self-referred participants at >20,000 US sites who completed a medical and lifestyle questionnaire were evaluated by screening ankle brachial indices for PAD. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to estimate odds of PAD in different nut consumption categories. RESULTS: Among 3,312,403 individuals, mean age was 63.6+/-10.6years and 62.8% were female. There were 219,527 cases of PAD. After multivariable adjustment there was an inverse association of nut intake with PAD. Compared to subjects with consumption of nuts
PMCID:4518851
PMID: 25532677
ISSN: 0091-7435
CID: 1416232

Laparoscopic gastric banding resolves the metabolic syndrome and improves lipid profile over five years in obese patients with body mass index 30-40 kg/m

Heffron, Sean P; Singh, Amita; Zagzag, Jonathan; Youn, Heekoung A; Underberg, James A; Fielding, George A; Ren-Fielding, Christine J
BACKGROUND: Obesity, metabolic syndrome (MS) and dyslipidemia are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Bariatric surgery is increasingly recognized as an effective intervention for improving each of these risk factors. There are sparse data on the long-term durability of metabolic changes associated with bariatric surgery, in particular with laparoscopic gastric banding (LGB). Our objective was to evaluate the durability of metabolic changes associated with LGB in nonmorbid obesity. METHODS: Fifty obese patients (BMI 30-40) with >/=1 obesity-related comorbidity were prospectively followed for five years. At follow-up, subjects underwent fasting blood measures, including lipid NMR spectroscopy and standard lipid profile. RESULTS: Forty-seven patients (45 female, mean age 43.8 years) completed four years follow-up (46 completed five years). Baseline BMI was 35.1 +/- 2.6. Subjects exhibited mean weight loss of 22.3 +/- 7.9 kg (22.9 +/- 7.4%) at year one and maintained this (19.8 +/- 10.2%) over five years. At baseline, 43% (20/47) of subjects met criteria for MS. This was reduced to 15% (7/47) at year one and remained reduced over five years (13%, 6/46) (p < 0.001). There were reductions in triglycerides (p < 0.001) and increases in HDL cholesterol (HDL-C, p < 0.001) and HDL particle concentration (p = 0.02), with a trend toward increased HDL particle size (p = 0.06) at year five. Changes in triglycerides and HDL-C were more prominent in patients with MS at baseline, but unassociated with weight loss or waist circumference. Changes in HDL particle size and concentration were not associated with MS status, weight loss, waist circumference, or statin use. CONCLUSIONS: LGB produces significant weight loss, resolution of MS and changes in lipid profile suggestive of beneficial HDL remodeling. These changes persist five years following LGB.
PMID: 25240114
ISSN: 0021-9150
CID: 1259062

Eicosapentaenoic Acid for Cardiovascular Events Reduction- Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Yokoyama, Yujiro; Kuno, Toshiki; Morita, Sae X; Slipczuk, Leandro; Takagi, Hisato; Briasoulis, Alexandros; Latib, Azeem; Bangalore, Sripal; Heffron, Sean P
BACKGROUND:Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) investigating the impact of omega-3-fatty acid supplementation on cardiovascular events have largely shown no benefit. However, there is debate about the benign nature of the placebo in these trials. We aimed to conduct a network meta-analysis of RCTs to compare the outcomes of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation to various placebo oils. METHODS:MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched through May, 2021 to identify RCTs investigating cardiovascular outcomes with omega-3-fatty acid formulations [eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), decosahexanoic acid (DHA), or the combination] versus placebo or standard of care controls. RESULTS:Our analysis included 17 RCTs that enrolled a total of 141,009 patients randomized to EPA (n=13,655), EPA+DHA (n=56,908), mineral oil placebo (n=5,338), corn oil placebo (n =8,876), olive oil placebo (n=41,009), and controls (no placebo oil; n=15,223). Rates of cardiovascular death [hazard ratio (HR) (95% confidence interval, CI) =0.80 (0.65-0.98); p =0.033], myocardial infarction [HR (95% CI) =0.73 (0.55-0.97); p=0.029] and stroke [HR (95% CI) =0.74 (0.58-0.94); p=0.014] were significantly lower in those receiving EPA compared to those receiving mineral oil, but were not different from rates in those receiving other oils or controls. Rates of coronary revascularization were significantly lower in those receiving EPA than in those receiving either EPA+DHA, mineral oil, corn oil, or olive oil placebo, but not controls. All-cause death was similar among all groups, but combined EPA+DHA was associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular death compared to controls [HR (95%CI): 0.83 (0.71-0.98)]. CONCLUSIONS:Our analyses demonstrate that although EPA supplementation lowers risk of coronary revascularization more than other oils, there may not be a benefit relative to standard of care. Further, EPA reduces the risk of cardiovascular events only in comparison to mineral oil and not when compared with other placebo oils or controls. In contrast, combined EPA+DHA was associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular death compared to controls.
PMID: 35914996
ISSN: 1876-4738
CID: 5287882

Platelet inhibition by low-dose aspirin is not influenced by body mass or weight

Heffron, Sean P; Windheim, Joseph; Barrett, Tessa J; Voora, Deepak; Berger, Jeffrey S
Aspirin's clinical efficacy may be influenced by body weight and mass. Although inadequate platelet inhibition by aspirin is suggested as responsible, evidence for this in non-diabetic patients is sparse. We investigated the influence of body weight and mass on aspirin's inhibition of platelet aggregation in healthy adults without diabetes. Cohort one (NYU, n = 84) had light transmission aggregometry (LTA) of platelet-rich plasma to submaximal adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and arachidonic acid (AA) before and following 1 week of daily 81 mg non-enteric coated aspirin. Subjects in the validation cohort (Duke, n = 66) were randomized to 81 mg or 325 mg non-enteric coated aspirin for 4 weeks, immediately followed by 4 weeks of the other dose, with LTA to submaximal collagen, ADP, and AA before and after each dosage period. Body mass index (BMI) range was 18.0-57.5 kg/m2 and 25% were obese. Inhibition of platelet aggregation was similar irrespective of BMI, body weight and aspirin dose. There was no correlation between platelet aggregation before or after aspirin with BMI or body weight. Our data demonstrate that aspirin produces potent inhibition of direct and indirect COX1-mediated platelet aggregation in healthy adults without diabetes regardless of body weight or mass - suggesting that other mechanisms explain lower preventive efficacy of low-dose aspirin with increasing body weight/mass.
PMID: 35768902
ISSN: 1369-1635
CID: 5281232

Demographic predictors of nonHDL-C increase during COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home period

Manmadhan, Arun; Kozloff, Samuel J; Heffron, Sean P
The onset of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic prompted unique public health measures including stay-at-home (SAH) orders that provoked altered dietary and exercise patterns and may have affected medication access and use. Although these impacts have the potential to influence lipid levels, little is known of the consequences of COVID-19 SAH on objective atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk factors. We performed a patient-level analysis of the primary measure of atherogenic lipid-associated risk, nonHDL-C during the 2020 SAH period and the same time period in 2019, in patients within a large health system in New York City. We found that women and racial and ethnic minority group members were more likely to exhibit substantial worsening of atherogenic lipid profile (≥38 mg/dL increase in nonHDL-C) during this period. Our results suggest that the pandemic and subsequent public health measures may have produced unintended negative consequences on already at-risk groups.
PMCID:8503967
PMID: 34661184
ISSN: 2666-6677
CID: 5081552

More frequent olive oil intake is associated with reduced platelet activation in obesity

Zhang, Ruina; Moscona, Alberto; Myndzar, Khrystyna; Luttrell-Williams, Elliot; Vanegas, Sally; Jay, Melanie R; Calderon, Karry; Berger, Jeffrey S; Heffron, Sean P
BACKGROUND AND AIMS/OBJECTIVE:Obesity is an independent risk factor for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD), and platelet hyperactivation in obesity may contribute to this association. Olive oil consumption is associated with lower cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in the general population. However, little is known for individuals with obesity. We investigated whether olive oil intake is associated with platelet activation in obesity. METHODS AND RESULTS/RESULTS:. Olive oil intake was stratified into <1 time/week (n = 21), 1-3 times/week (n = 18), ≥4 times/week (n = 24). Strata did not differ by age, BMI or platelet count. Unstimulated P-selectin expression did not differ by olive oil consumption. Subjects with more frequent olive oil intake exhibited lower P-selectin expression on submaximal thrombin exposure. CONCLUSIONS:More frequent olive oil intake is associated with reduced thrombin-induced platelet activation in obesity.
PMID: 34627691
ISSN: 1590-3729
CID: 5027102

Lipoprotein(a): A Genetically Determined, Causal, and Prevalent Risk Factor for Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Reyes-Soffer, Gissette; Ginsberg, Henry N; Berglund, Lars; Duell, P Barton; Heffron, Sean P; Kamstrup, Pia R; Lloyd-Jones, Donald M; Marcovina, Santica M; Yeang, Calvin; Koschinsky, Marlys L
High levels of lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)], an apoB100-containing lipoprotein, are an independent and causal risk factor for atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases through mechanisms associated with increased atherogenesis, inflammation, and thrombosis. Lp(a) is predominantly a monogenic cardiovascular risk determinant, with ≈70% to ≥90% of interindividual heterogeneity in levels being genetically determined. The 2 major protein components of Lp(a) particles are apoB100 and apolipoprotein(a). Lp(a) remains a risk factor for cardiovascular disease development even in the setting of effective reduction of plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and apoB100. Despite its demonstrated contribution to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease burden, we presently lack standardization and harmonization of assays, universal guidelines for diagnosing and providing risk assessment, and targeted treatments to lower Lp(a). There is a clinical need to understand the genetic and biological basis for variation in Lp(a) levels and its relationship to disease in different ancestry groups. This scientific statement capitalizes on the expertise of a diverse basic science and clinical workgroup to highlight the history, biology, pathophysiology, and emerging clinical evidence in the Lp(a) field. Herein, we address key knowledge gaps and future directions required to mitigate the atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk attributable to elevated Lp(a) levels.
PMID: 34647487
ISSN: 1524-4636
CID: 5081542

Implementing the physical activity vital sign in an academic preventive cardiology clinic

McCarthy, Margaret M; Fletcher, Jason; Heffron, Sean; Szerencsy, Adam; Mann, Devin; Vorderstrasse, Allison
The aims were to implement physical activity (PA) screening as part of the electronic kiosk check-in process in an adult preventive cardiology clinic and assess factors related to patients' self-reported PA. The 3-question physical activity vital sign (PAVS) was embedded in the Epic electronic medical record and included how many days, minutes and intensity (light, moderate, vigorous) of PA patients conducted on average. This is a data analysis of PAVS data over a 60-day period. We conducted multivariable logistic regression to identify factors associated with not meeting current PA recommendations. Over 60 days, a total of 1322 patients checked into the clinic using the kiosk and 72% (n = 951) completed the PAVS at the kiosk. The majority of those patients were male (58%) and White (71%) with a mean age of 64 ± 15 years. Of the 951 patients completing the PAVS, 10% reported no PA, 55% reported some PA, and 35% reported achieving at least 150 min moderate or 75 min vigorous PA/week. In the logistic model, females (AOR = 1.4, 95%CI: 1.002-1.8, p = .049) vs. males, being Black (AOR = 2.0, 95%CI: 1.04-3.7, p = .038) or 'Other' race (AOR = 1.5, 95%CI: 1.02-2.3, p = .035) vs. White, unknown or other types of relationships (AOR = 0.0.26, 95%CI: 0.10-0.68, p = .006) vs. being married/partnered, and those who were retired (AOR = 1.9, 95% CI: 1.4-2.8, p < .001) or unemployed (AOR = 2.2, 95%CI: 1.3-3.7, p = .002) vs. full-time workers were associated with not achieving recommended levels of PA. The PAVS is a feasible electronic tool for quickly assessing PA and may prompt providers to counsel on this CVD risk factor.
PMCID:8193127
PMID: 34150483
ISSN: 2211-3355
CID: 4936852

Medical and Surgical Obesity Treatments and Atherosclerosis: Mechanisms beyond Typical Risk Factors

Bostrom, John A; Mottel, Beth; Heffron, Sean P
PURPOSE OF REVIEW/OBJECTIVE:This study aims to discuss the mechanisms by which GLP-1 agonists and bariatric surgery improve cardiovascular outcomes in severely obese patients. RECENT FINDINGS/RESULTS:Recent studies have demonstrated that both GLP-1 agonist use and bariatric surgery reduce adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Improvements in traditional atherosclerosis risk factors in association with weight loss likely contribute, but weight loss-independent mechanisms are also suggested to have roles. We review the clinical and preclinical evidence base for cardiovascular benefit of LP-1 agonists and bariatric surgery beyond traditional risk factors, including improvements in endothelial function, direct impacts on atherosclerotic plaques, and anti-inflammatory effects.
PMID: 34351556
ISSN: 1534-6242
CID: 5004252