April 8, 2010

New Study Drug Lowers The REALLY Bad Cholesterol

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 5:31 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

Some time ago, there was a study showing that a different type of cholesterol called Lp(a) was highly linked to heart disease.  Researchers believe that elevated levels of Lp(a) are associated with higher risk for heart attacks.  Now, there is a new drug called mipomersen that is being studied in Amsterdam which shows promising results for lowering Lp(a).  Currently, the standard treatment for high cholesterol involves the use of statin drugs.  Statins are great for lowering LDL but have little or no effect on Lp(a).  If this new study drug is shown to be safe in further trials the treatment of heart disease could be much easier in the near future!

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