Cholesterol medication may prevent heart trouble - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/09

Cholesterol medication may prevent heart trouble

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you have high cholesterol, you know you may be a candidate for medication. But now, even if your cholesterol levels are normal, medication may help you prevent heart trouble later.

That's according to the makers of Crestor, and now federal health advisors agree that adults who would not be the traditional candidates for the cholesterol-lowering drug may still benefit significantly by taking Crestor.

The findings are based on a study that found a 44 percent lower risk for heart problems linked to the drug. But the manufacturer says if approved by the FDA for use in healthy adults they will only market it for those at risk of heart trouble, such as smokers.

Crestor has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes, yet experts say the potential heart benefits outweigh that risk in most cases.

The FDA will weigh in on the issue next year. If approved, 6.5 million Americans will be new candidates for the drug.

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