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Statins May Reverse Plaque Buildup

Study Shows Crestor Opens Up Fat-Clogged Arteries

Other Statins May Work

Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center in Baltimore, says he believes that unprecedented rise in HDL (the good cholesterol) is one of the most exciting findings of the trial.

While no one knows for sure, "the HDL improvement probably played a large role in the plaque regression," he says.

So will other statin drugs also reverse plaque buildup?

No one knows that yet either, Nissen says. "But if you achieve these low LDL levels by other means, you would probably get the same results. It just hasn't been tested."

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