No. 4 Medical Innovation for 2018: The Unprecedented Reduction of LDL Cholesterol (Video)

Studies report 20 percent lower heart risk

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, causes fatty deposits that can clog arteries. But certain new drug combinations can reduce LDL levels by 75 percent.

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New studies have reported that patients with ultra-low LDL from taking statins combined with a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs (PCSK9 inhibitors) have a 20 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction or stroke.

In this video, learn more about why the unprecedented reduction of LDL cholesterol is No. 4 on Cleveland Clinic’s list of Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018.