- Excess cholesterol can form plaque between layers of artery walls (Atherosclerosis), making it harder for your heart to circulate blood. Plaque can break open and cause blood clots. If a clot blocks an artery that feeds the brain, it causes a stroke. If it blocks an artery that feeds the heart, it causes coronary heart disease, heart attack or myocardial infarction.
What is cholesterol and where does it come from?
- Cholesterol is a waxy substance that comes from two sources: your body and food.
- Your body, and especially your liver, makes all the cholesterol you need and circulates it through the blood.
- But cholesterol is also found in food from animal sources, such as meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Your liver produces more cholesterol when you eat a diet high in saturated and trans fats.
What levels of cholesterol are healthy?
- Total cholesterol Less than 200 mg/dL*.
- LDL (“bad” cholesterol) Less than 100 mg/dL.
- HDL (“good” cholesterol) 40 mg/dL or higher.
- Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL.
How can you reduce your cholesterol?
- Work with your doctor to determine your risk and the best approach to manage it. In all cases.
- Lifestyle changes are important to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Your diet, weight, physical activity and exposure to tobacco smoke all affect your cholesterol level.
- Also make sure you understand instructions for taking cholesterol-lowering statin medicines because it won't work if you don't take it as directed.
- Statins disrupt production of cholesterol by blocking an enzyme inside the liver cells (HMG CoA reductase enzyme). This results in lowering the amount of cholesterol circulating in the blood.
- Statins are most effective at lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, but also has effects on lowering triglycerides (blood fats) and raising HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Some statins also reduce the inflammatory process in the vessel wall. When the body has a reduced reaction to the invading cholesterol.
- Statins are recommended for most patients with high cholesterol level because they are the only cholesterol-lowering drug class that has been directly associated with reduced risk for heart attack and stroke.
Satin as ROSUVASTATIN (Statirose20mg scored tablet)
- Is used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL-C, triglycerides) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood.
- Ask your doctor for suitable treatment and dosage before use any medication.