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After several years on the market, erectile dysfunction drugs are being considered for treatment of other conditions, and the FDA has approved sildenafil for treatment of pulmonary hpyertension.
The benefits of elevating HDL cholesterol are numerous: it clears
cholesterol from the arteries, acts as an antioxidant and an
anti-inflammatory. High HDL levels are associated with protection
from heart disease and stroke and increased longevity.
In order to forge and sustain a successful treatment relationship, both doctor and patient must be willing to communicate openly and honestly.
I'm a 57-year-old man with high blood pressure and diabetes. My
doctor wants me to take Zocor. I'm willing to take the medicine
if I really need it, but I've been warned about a side effect
called rhabdomyolysis. What is that? Should I take Zocor?