Controlling blood cholesterol levels

Controlling blood cholesterol levels

In 1987, lovastatin (Mevacor) controlled blood cholesterol levels (hypolipemic activity) by inhibiting a critical enzyme being converted into mevalonate, an early and rate-limiting step in cholesterol biosynthesis. The buildup of cholesterol deposits inside the arteries (arteriosclerosis) is a major cause of coronary heart disease and strokes.

The majority of fast food contains plenty of fat and a high level of cholesterolThe majority of fast food contains plenty of fat and a high level of cholesterol

Subsequent and more potent drugs, such as simvastatin and atorvastatin, have revolutionized the treatment of hyperlipidemia because they are highly effective and well tolerated.

Chlesterol often becomes trapped in the walls of blood vessels and contribute to artherosclerotic plaque formation.

 

Did you know?

Cholesterol is not a life-taking substance, as it is often indicated. It is an essential structural component of cells and tissues. Cholesterol, for example, is an important component for the manufacture of steroid hormones. Although it is an important and necessary molecule, a high level of cholesterol in the heart and the vessels is dangerous.