Statins

Statins

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Caption: These Simvastatin tablets belong to a group of medicines which can help to lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood as opposed to high-density lipoprotein (HDL)cholesterol. Cholesterol is mostly made in the liver and mainly carried in the blood by these two proteins. High levels of LDL are undesirable as this can lead to a hardening and narrowing of the arteries ( atherosclerosis) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Statins are prescribed where there is considered to be a risk of CVD. In addition, advice is often given recommending life-style changes. This includes adopting a healthy diet, low in saturated fats and alcohol, together with regular exercise.

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Keywords: alcohol, atherosclerosis, blood, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, cvd, diet, exercise, high-density lipoprotein, ldl hdl, life-style, liver, low-density lipoprotein, physical activity, proteins, saturated fats, statin, tablets

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