Crestor and CVD

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is considered responsible for a third of all deaths around the world.

In the United States, more than 2,600 people die from cardiovascular diseases every day - an average of two every minute. Around the world, CVD is responsible for nearly 17 million deaths a year - or nearly 32 deaths each minute.

Elevated LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels and low HDL-cholesterol levels are acknowledged risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Lowering of LDL-cholesterol levels has been shown to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Statins are the type of prescription medication most commonly used to reduce cholesterol.

Statins have taken the medical community by storm since being introduced in the mid-1990s. Since then, the leading statin drug Lipitor has become the top selling medication of any kind in the world.

Studies show that about 52 million Americans would benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, yet only about one-third of that number are receiving treatment.

There are now six approved statin treatments available:
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin)
  • Pravachol (pravastatin)
  • Zocor (simvastatin)
  • Mevacor (lovastatin)
  • Lescol (fluvastatin)
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin)
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