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how effective is atorvastatin (lipitor) for treating coronary artery disease (cad)?

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Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Cholesterol: is what the medication addresses. By changing the cholesterol profile inflammation is reduced leading to plaque stabilization. This limits the potential for heart attacks. Atorvastatin and other statins have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and complications. It should be taken by those with cardiovascular risk factors.
Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 29 years experience
For over 40 years now we have been using statins to ameliorate heart disease. In addition to their antilipidemic effect, statins have many pleiotropic benefits that lowers ones risk of an adverse cv outcome independent of lowering cholesterol. They are anti inflammatory, antioxidants, etc. statins have revolutionized Cardiac care
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Could the baby pushing on my arteries cause high blood pressure?

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Dr. Felecia Dawson
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No: High blood pressure is often due to the genes you have inherited, nutritional status, and/or stress. You can't do much about your genes but you can control what you expose them to. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, sleep at least 7 hours at night, and begin your day with some meditative practice. Research shows that meditation actually lowers blood pressure.
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Is it safe to take Lipitor (atorvastatin) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Dr. David Fein
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No: Lipitor (atorvastatin) is one of a class of drugs called "statins" which is used to lower cholesterol, and, specifically, ldl. It is strongly recommended to stop using this class of medication during pregnancy and nursing.
A 20-year-old member asked:

Can drinking moderate amounts of alcohol improve coronary artery disease symptoms?

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It can reduce events: Various studies show moderate alcohol consumption, between 3 and 7 drinks per week, reduces the risk of cardiac events, including heart attack. There is little evidence about the influence on symptoms, such as angina. Binge drinking, irregular sessions greater than 4 drinks or monthly intoxication, shows increased events. These results apply to both genders, although women benefit slightly more.
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Will ginkgo help with the vascular condition peripheral artery disease (pad)?

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can carotid artery stenosis cause sciatica?

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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
No: There are arterial conditions in your legs that can cause leg pain similar to sciatica in some cases. Your carotid artery in your neck is too far removed from your legs to affect them in this way. Vascular disease in your carotid artery however may suggest vascular problems elsewhere such as your legs. You can be assessed by lumbar MRI and vascular assessment of your legs to assess leg pain.

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