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Can Lipitor (atorvastatin) reduce the damage done by cigarette smoking on the blood vessels?

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Dr. Lee Marcus
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

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Statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin) lower LDL cholesterol, as well as other forms of lipids that lead to blocked arteries and damaged arteries.
They can also reduce the inflammation of the blood vessel, which is a potent driver of the process that leads to damaged and blocked arteries. Cigarette smoking causes tremendous damage to the arteries via multiple mechanisms. Best bet - STOP SMOKING!!

In brief: May help

Statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin) lower LDL cholesterol, as well as other forms of lipids that lead to blocked arteries and damaged arteries.
They can also reduce the inflammation of the blood vessel, which is a potent driver of the process that leads to damaged and blocked arteries. Cigarette smoking causes tremendous damage to the arteries via multiple mechanisms. Best bet - STOP SMOKING!!
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