To determine by sequential coronary arteriography whether a lipid-lowering diet with and
without lipid-lowering drugs could reverse coronary artery disease in normocholesterolemic
patients. Also, to test whether fish oil supplements could improve human coronary
atherosclerosis. Finally, to determine the effect of combination therapy with lipid-reducing
drugs in patients with coronary heart disease and "normal" cholesterol levels. At least three
clinical trials were conducted.
To determine the relative effectiveness of moderate versus more aggressive lipid lowering,
and of low dose anticoagulation versus placebo, in delaying saphenous vein coronary bypass
graft atherosclerosis and preventing occlusion of saphenous grafts of patients with saphenous
vein coronary bypass grafts placed 1 to 11 years previously.
Lipid Research Clinics Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (CPPT)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
To determine whether reduction of cholesterol by drug therapy significantly lowered the
atherosclerotic coronary heart disease rate in a group of hypercholesterolemic but otherwise
Total dollars spent on the CPPT from June 1973 were $142,250,000. We do not have a
To determine whether lowering of cholesterol with cholestyramine in a population with Type II
hyperlipidemia led to a decreased rate of progression (a regression of coronary artery
disease) as demonstrated by death, myocardial infarction, or progression of disease on
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