Dr. Pamela Kushner explains why some people are at even greater risk for plaque buildup.
Why is your doctor so concerned with lowering high cholesterol? One reason is that left untreated, high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol may lead to plaque buildup that can narrow arteries over time – a progressive disease called atherosclerosis.
But high cholesterol is not the only risk factor for plaque buildup. The following are other risk factors that can play a role:
So if you have high cholesterol plus any of these additional risk factors you could be at increased risk for plaque buildup in your arteries compared to someone who has high cholesterol alone. That’s why it is so important to get your cholesterol levels where your doctor wants.
When diet and exercise alone aren't enough, adding CRESTOR may help. Your doctor may choose CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) for some important reasons, such as