Popular Statins Shown To Work

November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM EDT

By WKBW News

November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Millions of people take statin drugs and two of the most popular ones being prescribed today appear to work.

A new study finds Crestor and Lipitor are both effective in reversing the buildup of cholesterol plaque in the heart's artery walls.

Dr. Stephen Nicholls says, "In the largest study that we have ever performed, both Crestor and Lipitor at their highest doses actually regressed plaque. They're very well tolerated, and this is really wonderful news for patients with coronary disease as we try to
reduce the burden of their disease and prevent the likelihood they'll have a heart attack or stroke."

Dr. Nicholls and his team of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied the effects of Crestor and
Lipitor on more than 1, 000 people over two years.

Results show both equally decreased plaque build up,
but Crestor did slightly outperform Lipitor when it came to lowering L-D-L or bad cholesterol.

Crestor also did slightly better at raising H-D-L or good cholesterol.

Dr. Nicholls says the drugs also showed no side-effects, even at the highest dose level.

Dr. Nicholls says the focus should still be on living a healthy lifestyle to prevent heart disease, but for those who are already battling it, the results are encouraging.

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