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Drugs Today (Barc). 2010 Aug;46(8):601-8. doi: 10.1358/dot.2010.46.8.1516983.

Atherosclerotic plaque regression - the role of statin therapy.

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Division of Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, St. George's University of London, London, UK.

Abstract

Increasing knowledge of the atherosclerotic process, as well as atherosclerotic plaque composition and morphology, has lead to the identification of vulnerable plaques that lead to acute coronary syndromes. There is growing evidence for atherosclerotic plaque regression, which makes an aggressive targeted therapeutic response based on achieving plaques regression necessary in order to reduce the significant mortality and morbidity associated with coronary heart disease. This review will examine the evidence for atherosclerotic plaque regression, the important role of statins and the available imaging techniques used to investigate this condition. We will also discuss future evolving therapies and possible predictors of plaque regression, which may aid the therapeutic process.

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10.1358/dot.2010.46.8.1516983
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