Is Your Statin Not Getting Your LDL Levels to Your Target?

Research suggests you may have more blocked arteries than previously thought. But a new medication poised for approval could provide some help.

You take a statin as prescribed by your doctor, but your low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad) cholesterol levels arent dropping as expected. If thats been your experience, it could indicate that you simply need a stronger dose of statins.Then again, it may be that youre one of the estimated 20 percent of people with heart disease who dont respond to the cholesterol-lowering drugs. And as a recent study found, statin resistance could indicate significant blockage in your arteries.The research, published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, further supports the idea that aggressive cholesterol control is vital to protecting heart patients. Other studies have found that statins not only lower the risk of cholesterol plaque buildup in the arteries, but they slow the progress of atherosclerosis.
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