High cholesterol is a common side effect of cardiovascular disorders. It has become possible to monitor and control the LDL levels with the prescription drug Statin. A recent breakthrough at the Saint Louis Research facility has found a way to not only monitor the level of bad cholesterol but also increase the levels of good cholesterol.
Good vs. Bad
The bad type of cholesterol in the blood is referred to as LDL Cholesterol. It slowly causes a build up on the walls of the arteries and blood vessels in the body. The arteries commonly affected are the ones that pump blood to the brain and the heart. The arteries will narrow over time and lose some of their flexibility. If the artery becomes so constricted that it causes a block or if a piece of the build up breaks away and momentarily blocks the artery it can result in a heart attack or stroke.
The good type of cholesterol is referred to as HDL Cholesterol. The higher these levels are the better you are protected from a heart attack. Having low levels can in turn increase your chances of having a stroke of heart attack. HDL is responsible for removing some of the LDL cholesterol and even reducing the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
The micro RNA component miR-33 has recently been found to help control the levels of good cholesterol within the body. Statin is a drug that has already worked wonders for patients with high levels of bad cholesterol and may have even more to offer when combined with miR-33. The miR-33 will have the ability to raise the levels of good cholesterol in the body and revolutionize the way bad cholesterol is dealt with.
Four studies have been completed and each have yielded similar results. Combining the already beneficial drug Stain with miR-33 will help control the two types of cholesterol in the body and restore harmony within the blood. It is great to see a fusing of two beneficial effects rather than two separate dosages. Many Americans take several pills each day for body aches, sleeping disorders, to combat stress, high cholesterol, weight-loss, and much more. The combine effects of these medications can sometimes be dangerous and as such more is being done in the medical community to combine positively beneficial medications into a one-dose tablet. Individuals suffering from bad cholesterol will be able to better monitor and control the buildup on their artery walls with this new breakthrough in HDL research.
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