Sticking to One Statin
Reported September 01, 2009
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – High cholesterol
levels can lead to heart attack or stroke, two of our nation’s top killers.
With numerous treatment options available, a recent analysis found that
sticking to one particular medicine may work better than combining multiple
Twenty-eight million Americans have a type of cardiovascular disease.
Lowering the bad cholesterol can help prevent artery blockage, avoiding
future serious health complications. To lower cholesterol, doctors most
commonly prescribed statin therapy. However, only one-third of high
cholesterol patients are able to successfully lower their LDL cholesterol to
Physicians acknowledge the urge to identify a
successful treatment plan for high cholesterol patients. Current treatment
includes either taking a high dose of statin alone, or combining it with
another lipid modifying agent such as ezetimibe, niacin, bile acid
sequestrants, fibrates, or omega-3 fatty acids. After analyzing 102
published studies, researchers found no benefits of combination therapy for
mortality, heart attack, stroke or revascularization procedures.
SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine Tip Sheet, September 1, 2009