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Crestor Reduces Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke in Those without High Cholesterol

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine has significant implications for the prevention of heart attack and stroke.  Statins are a class of drugs that have been prescribed for those people who have high cholesterol in order to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke.  This study was done to see if statins would also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in those people without high cholesterol.  This study of over 17,000 people found that the statin reduced myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, arterial revascularization, hospitalization for unstable angina, and death from cardiovascular causes.

The one catch is that only people with elevated high sensitivity c-reactive protein levels were allowed to participate in the study.

This study tells us that you should be tested for your c-reactive protein level, and if it is elevated, you should take statins routinely.  One common type of statin is Crestor.

For more information about heart attack and stroke, see the medical malpractice attorneys of Pennslvania.  Our lawyers specialize in heart attacks and strokes missed or misdiagnosed by doctors and hospitals in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Uniontown, Washington, Erie, Beaver and all of Western Pennsylvania.