High blood levels of unhealthy cholesterol and fat (lipids) can lead to cardiovascular disease. When these substances build up inside arteries — a condition known as atherosclerosis — the blood vessels can narrow or become completely blocked, leading to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Lifestyle modifications and medications, like statins, are commonly the of first step in management. Injectable therapies, however, may provide an additional tool for lowering “bad” cholesterol and reducing cardiovascular risk.
These injectable medications, such as Repatha and Praluent, work by improving the liver’s ability to capture and clear LDL (“bad” cholesterol) from the bloodstream and may be recommended for those who have a family history or genetic predisposition to high cholesterol and lipid values. Injections are typically given every 2-4 weeks and may be done in the office or self-administered at home.
“So far, we’ve had great success with these drugs in our practice,” said Andrew Stiff, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Fairfield Healthcare Professionals Cardiology. “Any tool that helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke is valuable, and we’re continuing to expand that collection.”
If you are struggling to improve elevated blood values despite medication and lifestyle changes, or if you are unable to take statins for cholesterol control, speak with your provider about cholesterol-lowering injections. As a team, you and your primary care provider or cardiologist will discuss the best course of treatment to achieve a happier, healthier heart.
If you have additional questions, please contact FHP Cardiology at 740-689-4480.
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