Thursday, November 13, 2003

My Cholesterol Drug Is In The News

My doctor immediately put me on Lipitor to prevent any more 'stroke-like events'.

The latest study compared two popular statin pills, Lipitor and Pravachol. It found that Lipitor did a considerably better job of both lowering cholesterol and controlling the insidious buildup inside the arteries when given to people with serious heart disease.

Exactly why, though, is unclear. Researchers wondered if some other property of Lipitor, such as its stronger effect on inflammation, accounted for its more potent effects.

Medical experts said national guidelines were unlikely to be changed until additional studies found that more aggressive cholesterol lowering resulted in a reduced risk of heart attacks and death.

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