Medications that reduce cholesterol
Physicians now know that medications are often also necessary to effectively lower cholesterol. Diet and medicine together are doubly effective.
Several types of prescription medications have now been shown to both lower cholesterol and reduce risk of heart attack. These are:
1. The "Statins"
These lower cholesterol by stopping your body from making it. They lower your risk of heart attack by 30% over five years if taken daily.
Niacin is a vitamin that can help a great deal too. Occasionally, it is prescribed together with a statin. However, this combination may have added side effects so do this only with your doctor's guidance.
3. The "Resins"
The resins stop fat from getting into the blood and are often good for people who can't take statins or niacin.
4. Gemfibrozil and Fenobibrate
These are used for people with low HDL ("good" cholesterol) and high triglycerides.
Medications that reduce risk of heart attack
1. "Ace Inhibitors"
Ace Inhibitors help to relax the blood vessels and protect the heart. They may reduce the risk of heart attack by 25%.
2. "Beta Blockers"
Beta Blockers help lower blood pressure and calm the heart. They also reduce the risk of heart attack by 25%.
Aspirin stop blood clots from forming and blocking blood vessels. A small dose of aspirin can help lower the risk of heart attack by up to 35%. Consult with your doctor.