Thursday, 11 October 2007

Cholesterol drugs have long-lasting impact, says study

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If you take statin drugs to lower that cholesterol level, you may have some protection from heart attacks up to ten years later after you cease taking those drugs, according to new research.

Pravacol, a stain drug commonly used in Europe and elsewhere to regulate cholesterol levels in at-risk patients, was found to 'substantially' lower heart attack risk and heart-related death. The study's participants included middle-aged men who had never had a heart attack but had a very high level of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

While this is good news, there definitely needs to be more insight into the benefits of statin drugs in order to offset the problems that have been reported by this class of drugs.

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