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What Are the Newest, Most Promising Medicines for Treating Heart Disease?

Aortic AneurysmIf you have coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease or peripheral vascular disease, using statins is clearly a benefit to your health. In those cases, statins lower your risk of future stroke and heart attack.

We do know that patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms have heart disease. A landmark study done at the Cleveland Clinic found coronary artery disease in 31 percent of patients needing aneurysm repair.

However, when it comes to patients being observed for small aortic aneurysms, the benefits of statin therapy has not been clearly proven. Some evidence does support statins for aortic aneurysm treatment, but it depends on a variety of factors. It’s worth a discussion with your doctor.

Some studies suggest that statins used for aortic aneurysm improve the function of the endothelium, the cells lining the inside of the blood vessels, and decrease inflammation of the aortic wall. Inflammation in the aortic wall is thought to be one of the ways in which aneurysms form and grow. Learn more