Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Reversing atherosclerosis?

Ask the doctor Q. Once I have atherosclerosis, is there anything I can do to reverse it, or is the best I can hope for just to keep it from getting worse? A. Atherosclerosis—the buildup of fatty plaque inside the arteries—tends to be a slowly progressive disease. However, high doses of statin drugs (which drive harmful LDL cholesterol to very low levels) seem to stop the progression of atherosclerosis in…

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