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Reduction in Percent LDL Cholesterol or Attained LDL-C Levels or Both?

The role of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in the pathophysiology of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which may present as coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease, has been well documented in several studies. The decrease in LDL-C levels leads to a significant reduction in the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Statins have become the first line […]

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Grapefruit Juice and Statins

Should patients avoid grapefruit juice consumption while taking widely used statins? A daily glass of grapefruit juice increases blood levels of simvastatin and lovastatin by about 260% if taken at the same time (about 90% if taken 12 hours apart), and atorvastatin by about 80% (whenever taken). Simvastatin 40 mg, lovastatin 40 mg, and atorvastatin […]

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Joseph S. Alpert, MD

New Research: Stroke Rates Fall by 40% (video)

Incident strokes in the Medicare population fell by nearly 40% over the last 2 decades, a greater-than-expected decline. Check out Trends in Stroke Rates, Risk, and Outcomes in the United States, 1988 to 2008 the July 2014 issue of The American Journal of Medicine to learn more.

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Feb 2013: Statin Dosing

Is alternate day statin dosing a good idea? In this video, Editor-in-chief Dr. Joseph S. Alpert reviews new research into statin dosing in the February 2013 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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Statins Decrease the Occurrence of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Cancer

In addition to cholesterol-lowering effect, statins exhibit anti-thrombotic and anti-inflammatory properties, which may affect coagulation cascade. In cancer patients, the use of statins decreased the odds of developing venous thromboembolism, when compared with non-statins users. Abstract Background Recent data suggest a reduction in the occurrence of venous thromboembolism in select groups of patients who use […]

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