Features January 2012 Issue

Study Shows Two Statin Types Help Regress Atherosclerosis

Research also shows that maxium dosages of atorvastatin and rosuvastatin are most effective.

Despite having different effects on LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, two commonly prescribed statin medications both showed impressive gains in reversing atherosclerosis, according to a recent study involving nearly 1,400 patients. Results of the study, published online Nov. 15, 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that maximum doses of atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) equally regress arterial plaque build-up. However, only about five percent of patient with stable coronary artery disease are treated with maximum statin doses.

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