Understanding Niacins Role In Your Cardiovascular Care

New studies question niacins role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, yet it may still be effective for some, says a Cleveland Clinic expert.

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Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, became popular more than 30 years ago when the Coronary Drug Project trial, which looked at 8,341 patients after heart attack, suggested the possibility that the drug might reduce the risk of recurrent heart disease. From that point forward, niacin has been the hope for elevating the good (HDL) while assisting the decrease in the bad (LDL) cholesterol levels.
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