Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of mortality in developed countries. According to the 2012 European Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice, family history is a cornerstone for risk stratification of CVD. First-degree relatives are persons in whom CVD should be assessed and targeted intervention should be performed. The aims of this pilot study were (i) to determine risk factors (RFs) for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a group of first-degree relatives of patients with CVD at baseline and after 1 year, (ii) to measure adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (A-FABP) levels as a potential connecting link between metabolic disease and atherosclerosis, and (iii) to determine the impact of targeted intervention on these parameters. The study comprised 62 asymptomatic subjects (41 males; mean age of 53.8±8.3 years). Preventive examinations and interventions were carried out at baseline and at 1-year follow-up to assess RFs and evaluate A-FABP levels. At 1 year, males had significantly lower levels of cholesterol (median 5.18 vs 4.67, p=0.005), HDL (median 1.24 vs 1.14, p=0.021), LDL (median 3.08 vs 2.46, p=0.021), ApoB (median 0.99 vs 0.82, p=0.012) and A-FABP (median 19.84 vs 16.73, p = 0.015). In females after 1 year, only significantly lower levels of fibrinogen (median 3.10 vs 2.79, p=0.043) were found. All subjects were clinically examined or contacted by phone after a mean of 36.7 months (range, 11–55). Over that time, no serious complications were noted. In males, intervention for RFs leads to lower levels of A-FABP as a potential RF linking metabolic syndrome to atherosclerosis.
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