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Old Cholesterol Drugs Help New Set Of Patients

Statin drugs, once reserved for patients with high cholesterol, can also benefit those with normal or low cholesterol levels revealed a new study released at an American Heart Association conference Sunday.

Nearly 18,000 men age 50 and older and women 60 and older with no history of high cholesterol or heart disease participated in the study, reported the New York Times. The participants did have elevated levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, a harbinger of inflammation.

The study revealed statin drugs can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with inflamed blood vessels in half, reported National Public Radio.

Additionally, 20 milligrams of the drug Crestor, taken daily, can reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular complications by 20 percent, according to data from the study, published in the online version of The New England Journal of Medicine.

“These are findings that are really going to impact the practice of cardiology in the country,? said Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which was not involved in the research. “It’s at a minimum an extremely important study and has the potential to be a landmark study.?