Yes, Crestor (rosuvastatin) can help to remove plaque from arteries. It does this in two ways:
Lowering LDL cholesterol: Crestor is a statin, which is a class of medication that lowers LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up in the arteries and form plaque.
Stabilizing plaque: Crestor can also help to stabilize plaque, making it less likely to rupture and cause a heart attack or stroke.
How much plaque can Crestor remove?
The amount of plaque that Crestor can remove depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your atherosclerosis, your LDL cholesterol levels, and other lifestyle factors. However, studies have shown that Crestor can reduce plaque buildup by up to 24%.
How long does it take for Crestor to remove plaque?
It can take several months or even years for Crestor to remove plaque from arteries. However, you should start to see a reduction in plaque buildup within a few months of starting treatment.
Is Crestor safe?
Crestor is generally safe for most people. However, it can cause side effects such as muscle pain, headache, and stomach upset. In rare cases, it can cause more serious side effects such as liver damage.
Who should take Crestor?
Crestor is typically prescribed for people with high LDL cholesterol levels or who are at high risk for heart disease or stroke. This includes people with the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease or stroke
If you are concerned about plaque buildup in your arteries, talk to your doctor about whether Crestor is right for you.
Other ways to remove plaque from arteries
In addition to Crestor, there are a number of other things that you can do to remove plaque from your arteries and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, including:
Eating a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help to lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of plaque buildup. This means eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limiting saturated and trans fats.
Exercising regularly: Exercise helps to lower your cholesterol levels and improve your overall heart health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
Quitting smoking: Smoking damages your arteries and increases your risk of plaque buildup. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your heart health.
Talk to your doctor about the best ways to remove plaque from your arteries and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.