Benefits of Statin Therapy May Extend Beyond Lowering Lipids

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People with high cholesterol are at risk of heart attack and stroke because atherosclerotic plaques within their arteries can rupture triggering the formation of a blood clot called an occlusive thrombus that cuts off the blood supply to their heart or brain.

For years, scientists have studied the cause of this abnormal clotting. Now, a study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has identified a molecular pathway that leads to this abnormal blood clotting. The researchers then turned off the pathway by using a popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.

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University of North Carolina School of Medicine (2012, January 4). Benefits of statin therapy may extend beyond lowering lipids. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 6, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2012/01/120104153743.htm
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