Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Does a High Statin Dose Reduce Periodontal Inflammation?

New data showing that high-dose atorvastatin can reduce periodontal inflammation in as little as four weeks suggests a new mechanism of action for statins. In addition to the familiar reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), reductions in systemic inflammation and reduction in inflammatory activity within atherosclerotic plaques, statins may also reduce non-arterial inflammation in tissues such as the periodontium.

Link to full American College of Cardiology release on study led by MGH investigator Ahmed Tawakol.

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