Statins strengthen plaque? WHAT?

Ask Larry:
Your Question: My cardiologist made a case for Lipitor I have not heard before. His point is that statins, by reducing cholesterol levels, strengthen the plaque wall or structure in some way and reduce the chance of plaque rupture, which is the real danger. He said that examination of plaque from people with lowered cholesterol is much tougher than that of people with high cholesterol.
By the way, my cholesterol last test was 275. I told him that in the past I’ve gotten my cholesterol down to 150 (from 250) through weight loss, exercise, and niacin and supplements. He said the target should be 100 and…

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