Yes, Lipitor (atorvastatin) can help to remove plaque buildup from arteries. It does this by lowering LDL cholesterol levels and stabilizing plaque.
LDL cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up in the arteries and form plaque.
Plaque is a waxy substance that consists mainly of cholesterol deposits.
Over time, plaque can narrow and harden the arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow to the heart and brain.
This can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
Statins, such as Lipitor, work by blocking the enzyme in the liver that makes cholesterol.
This lowers LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. Statins also help to stabilize plaque, making it less likely to rupture and cause a heart attack or stroke.
Studies have shown that Lipitor can reduce plaque buildup by up to 24%. It is important to note that it can take several months or even years for Lipitor to remove plaque from arteries.
However, you should start to see a reduction in plaque buildup within a few months of starting treatment.
Lipitor 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.
If you are concerned about plaque buildup in your arteries, talk to your doctor about whether Lipitor is right for you.
Other ways to remove plaque buildup from arteries
In addition to Lipitor, there are a number of other things that you can do to remove plaque buildup 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
If you have plaque buildup in your arteries, talk to your doctor about the best way to manage your condition.