MRI Scanning Shows Positive Results of Cholesterol Drugs

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MRI scanning has been used to monitor the efficiency of cholesterol drugs in the body. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging found that intensive treatment with cholesterol drugs significantly reduces cholesterol levels in artery clogging plaque.

The study was performed at the University of Washington. The researchers used MRI imaging to study 120 patients. Each patient was assigned, at random, one of three cholesterol treatments. These included Lipitor®, Lipoitor Plus Niaspan® (extended-release niacin); or Lipitor® plus Niaspan and colesevelam.

Thirty three patients with identified carotid plaques had a significant reduction in the cholesterol within the plaque after three years. It dropped in volume from 60.4 cubic millimeters to 37.7 cubic millimeters. The percentage of plaque volume consisting of cholesterol also dropped from 14.2 percent to 7.4 percent. These findings confirmed the researcher’s initial hypothesis that the medication shrinks the overall size of the plaque because cholesterol is being removed within it.

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