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How Safe are statin drugs?
by N J Howell
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Lowering cholesterol and cleaning out clogged arteries are most often achieved through the use of statin drugs such as lipitor and crestor.
Are these drugs safe and are there natural alternatives to
having to use statin drugs if you have high cholesterol or clogged arteries? This article explores that question.
Please note: This is educational health care information, not intended to replace cardiovascular health evaluation and medical care which may be indicated. If you are under a doctor's care for heart disease, you should always check with your doctor before adding anything new
to your health care regimen.
Are there any natural alternatives to help dissolve arterial plaque
Question on alternative health care / spiritual healing:
I have arterial plaque and my doctor wants to put me on Lipitor but I've read that it can be hard on the liver if taken for a long time or if there are liver problems. Are there any natural alternatives for lowering cholesterol and clearing arterial plaque?
Healing Facilitation response:
First of all, I must preface this answer with a disclaimer. Heart disease and arterial plaque are serious medical conditions and if you have been diagnosed with a heart problem, you should involve your chosen doctor in all healthcare decisions. This is particularly
important if you are currently already taking prescription drugs to lower cholesterol and clean out plaque deposits.
Having said that, I will also say that I have serious concerns about the longterm use of Lipitor and if I were to take that drug, or the other cholesterol-lowering
drugs offered by allopathic medicine for the purpose of cleaning out clogged arteries, I'd make very sure that I had a doctor who took the time to carefully weight the potential benefits against the potential risk, prescribe the lowest dose of Lipitor that will get the job done, and monitor liver enzymes on a regular basis.
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Cardiovascular Health Disclaimer: Plaque build up in the arteries is a very serious medical condition and can be life-threatening. The educational information contained in this heart health article not presented as substitution for medical care that may be indicated.
Any action taken based on this article on cardiovascular health is at the sole discretion of the reader. Please consult with your chosen heart specialist on matters relating cholesterol, plaque build-up and other cardiovascular concerns.