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Does statin drugs reduce carotid artery blockage ?

It is known statin drugs reduce LDL. My question is, do they reduce the amount of plague already formed on the carotid artery? What reduces the plague? Is the carotid artery blockage a slow process? How fast does it progress? I’d appreciate it you could share some of the related articles.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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No statin drugs do not reduce the amount of plaque in your carotid vessels. They only prevent you from making bigger globs of plaque. Carotid artery plaque formation is different in different people. If they say you are 80% blocked, I imagine your doctor will follow up often to make sure you are not making a lot more plaque. I am a RN, but this is not my specialty.
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Does statin drugs reduce carotid artery blockage ?

No statin drugs do not reduce the amount of plaque in your carotid vessels. They only prevent you from making bigger globs of plaque. Carotid artery plaque formation is different in different people. If they say you are 80% blocked, I imagine your doctor will follow up often to make sure you are not making a lot more plaque. I am a RN, but this is not my specialty.