Lower cholesterol to avoid atherosclerosis

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Cholesterol consultation: Adults should discuss with their doctor a cholesterol management plan to help them reach their cholesterol goals. | Photo by Brandpoint

If you’re like 34 percent of American adults surveyed, you may know your specific cholesterol numbers, but you may not know the significance of these numbers if you have high cholesterol. When you learn, you may resolve to lower your cholesterol in 2013.

A survey conducted by AstraZeneca of more than 1,000 American adults revealed that 63 percent of adults have heard of atherosclerosis, a progressive disease where plaque builds up in the arteries slowly over time.

Adults with high cholesterol and additional risk factors such as obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, or family history of early heart disease may be at increased risk for plaque buildup in their arteries. Importantly, the survey revealed that not all American adults recognize these as risk factors. Approximately 50 percent of those surveyed recognized all of these as risk factors; 40 percent identified only high cholesterol as a potential risk factor; 26 percent selected only family history of early heart disease; 22 percent knew smoking was a risk factor; 20 percent recognized only high blood pressure; and 12 percent selected diabetes as the only risk factor for atherosclerosis.

For adults at increased risk for plaque buildup, it is even more important to lower high cholesterol. A cholesterol management plan to help patients reach their cholesterol goals will likely begin with lifestyle changes, which can include quitting smoking, eating healthy foods and exercising more often. However, for some people, diet and exercise alone may not be enough to lower high cholesterol, so it is important that they talk with their health-care providers about their treatment options.

A doctor may recommend Crestor when diet and exercise alone are not enough. Along with diet, Crestor was proven in adults to lower bad cholesterol by up to 52 percent (at the 10-mg dose vs. 7 percent with placebo). People may see results for lowering high cholesterol as soon as two to four weeks after starting Crestor (results may vary). In adults, Crestor, along with diet, is also FDA approved to slow plaque buildup in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to your goal. Crestor is not right for everyone, including anyone who is nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant, has liver problems, or has had an allergic reaction to Crestor.

If you have any questions concerning prescription-only Crestor, please visit Crestor.com or contact AstraZeneca at 1-800-CRESTOR.

Courtesy of Brandpoint