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8/8/2002

Calcium

In today's medical minute you may need calcium but you're heart sure doesn't. Doctors have found that high cholesterol and calcium build up in arteries may go hand in hand. You can read about it in "Circulation: the journal of the American Heart Association." Fatty plaques forming in artery walls can become calcified, leading to further cardiac problems. However, tests show the cholesterol lowering drug ceri-va-statin also slows calcium build up. Coronary calcium increased only eight-point-eight percent with the drug therapy. That's opposed to a 25-percent increase without it.
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