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No impact of anti-Rank ligand and PTH analogs on cardiovascular risk in postmenopausal osteoporosis: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis

Ferrieres L1Degboe Y2Laroche M2Constantin A2Ruyssen-Witrand A2.

Arch Osteoporos. 2020 Jan 3;15(1):10. doi: 10.1007/s11657-019-0672-4.

 

 

Abstract

The mutual effects of drugs used in osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases are a point of interest. A literature review and meta-analysis were conducted to address the impact of PTH analogs and anti-Rank ligand on cardiovascular events and overall mortality in individuals with idiopathic osteoporosis; these treatments do not appear to have any effect.

INTRODUCTION:

Two meta-analyses have been conducted to explore the cardiovascular effects of bisphosphonates. There is no review for other osteoporosis treatments. A literature review and meta-analysis were conducted to address the impact of PTH analogs and anti-Rank ligand on cardiovascular events and overall mortality in individuals with idiopathic osteoporosis.

METHODS:

A systematic review was conducted in December 2017 in the PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane databases and updated on PubMed in July 2019, selecting trials with a treatment and a control group. We also conducted a search for abstracts of the French Rheumatology Society, American College of Rheumatology, and European League Against Rheumatism’s annual meetings over the past 4 years. The main endpoint was the occurrence of cardiovascular events; the secondary was mortality (all causes).

RESULTS:

Of the 2782 reports initially found, 16 articles were used for the meta-analysis (6 for the anti-Rank ligand and 10 for the PTH analog group). After meta-analysis, there was no significant difference between the placebo group and the anti-Rank ligand group for overall mortality (p = 0.13), the combined endpoint (overall mortality, coronary artery disease, and stroke; p 0.77), and the individual risk of coronary artery disease (p 0.53), arrhythmia (p 0.95), and stroke (p 0.62). After meta-analysis, there was no significant difference between the placebo group and the PTH analogs group for overall mortality (p 0.77), the combined endpoint (p = 0.95), and the individual risk of coronary artery disease (p = 0.74), arrhythmia (p = 0.28), and stroke (p = 0.61).

CONCLUSIONS:

The anti-Rank ligand and PTH analogs have no impact on cardiovascular risk and overall mortality in idiopathic osteoporosis. To better answer the question whether these treatments can reduce the long-term cardiovascular risk, further comparative studies with longer duration are required.