Coronary Atherosclerosis at 20x Magnification
Many individuals who have been diagnosed with coronary atherosclerosis take medications to help hinder further progression of the disease. The class of drugs known as statins, which effectively reduce elevated cholesterol levels, have been especially useful in the battle against the condition and other forms of heart disease. In fact, prevastatin, lovastatin, and similar cholesterol-lowering drugs are sometimes prescribed to individuals with several risk factors for coronary heart disease who have not yet developed the disease as a means of primary prevention. However, most practitioners initially recommend dietary therapy, in hopes that pharmacologic treatment will not be necessary.