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Cholesterol Drugs

It has been shown in the past that patients with high levels of cholesterol can reduce their chance of a heart attack by taking one of the new "statin" drugs to bring cholesterol down.

Now The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study of people with average levels of cholesterol who were treated with lovostatin and they had the same beneficial effect.

These low risk patients were able to reduce their cholesterol by 18% and they lowered their risk of a heart attack by 37%.

This treatment may not be useful for everyone but should be used for selective patients.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.






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