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Role of atorvastatin in angina?

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Rajive Goel 10 Aug 2011

Atorvastatin is a prescription medication used to treat various conditions related to heart disease. Approved uses for the drug include:

* Lowering cholesterol in people with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia). Atorvastatin can reduce total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol"), ApoB cholesterol (another type of "bad" cholesterol), and triglycerides, as well as raise HDL ("good cholesterol").
* Lowering triglycerides in people with high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).
* As an add-on treatment in people with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia to help lower total and LDL cholesterol.
* Reducing the risk of heart disease in people at risk for it.
* Reducing the risk of complications in people who already have heart disease.

Prevention of Heart Disease and Blood Vessel Disease

Docs prescribe atorvastatin for people with multiple heart disease risk factors but who currently do not have coronary heart disease. Atorvastatin has been shown to decrease the chances of:

* A heart attack
* Stroke
* Angina (chest pain)
* Needing a heart procedure, such as angioplasty or open heart surgery.

Docs may use atorvastatin to reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke in people with type 2 diabetes and other risk factors for heart disease.

In people who already have heart disease, atorvastatin is approved to reduce the risk of the following problems:

* A non-fatal heart attack
* A stroke
* Angina (chest pain)
* Needing a heart procedure, such as angioplasty or open heart surgery
Hospitalization for congestive heart failure (CHF).

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