Cardiology: Binding the Cholesterol

Although it is not yet certain that low- ering the cholesterol level in a man's blood will protect him against artery disease, heart attacks and strokes, many doctors think it may and are willing to try using drugs to prove it. The first such drug, MER/29, had to be yanked off the market because of its severe side effects. Two others, Atromid-S and Choloxin, are now approved and so far appear to be safe, but because they work through metabolic and hormonal mechanisms, many physicians are keep ing their fingers crossed. Last week a Duke University surgeon reported that...

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