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Introduction: PCSK9 inhibitors lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and are efficacious at reducing vascular disease, however questions remain about potential effects on cognitive function. Methods: We examined the association of genetic variants in PCSK9 with continuous measures of cognitive ability in UK Biobank. Six independent polymorphisms in PCSK9 were used in up to 337,348 individuals. Results: The PCSK9 allele score was associated with a lower risk of CHD, and weakly with worse log reaction time. Conclusions: We are unable to rule out meaningful associations of PCSK9 genetic variants with cognition, emphasising the potential need for continued pharmacovigilance for patients currently treated with PCSK9 inhibitors.

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Journal article


Arch Med Sci

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241 - 244


cardiovascular genomics, epidemiology, low-density lipoprotein