Aggressive cholesterol-lowering good for heart The Tribune Wednesday, March 10, 2004 New Orleans - How low should cholesterol go? For victims of recent heart attacks, the answer appears to be rock bottom. A major study has found that especially aggressive treatment with statin drugs, intended to drive cholesterol far below current standards, prevents new heart problems and saves lives. These drugs are already a cornerstone of cardiac care, routinely prescribed for heart attack victims. However, the new results suggest that doctors should opt for high doses of the most powerful brands to give recently discharged heart patients the best chance of survival. ''It's a lifesaving strategy and will become a huge paradigm shift in the treatment of patients with high cholesterol,'' predicted Dr Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic. For several years, federal guidelines have recommended bringing down heart attack patients' levels of LDL, the bad cholesterol, below 100. To test whether this is far enough, doctors compared two strategies, moderate doses of an older statin versus high doses of a more powerful newer one. The older drug, Pravachol, dropped patients' LDL by almost one-quarter to 95. But the newer one, Lipitor, cut it in half to just 62. -- AP More at: http://www.tribuneindia.com/ Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 22 Phalgun 5104, Friday, March 12, 2004: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Moksh Ritau Kumbh Mase Krshn Pakshe Shukr Vasara Yuktayam Anuradha-Jyeshtth Nakshatr Vajr Yog Vishti-Bav Karan Saptami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.