Researchers Seek Patients for Cholesterol Study
at Emory University and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are conducting
a study to determine how eating high-fat meals affects lipid levels
and blood vessel functions. Male and female volunteers of all ages are
Participants must have heart
disease and high cholesterol and must not be taking any lipid-lowering
medication. Participants will receive Zocor, an FDA-approved drug used
for lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) the major cholesterol carrying
protein in human blood. LDL deposits itself along artery walls, increasing
plaque buildup that can subsequently cause heart disease.
Six office visits over a
five-month period are required. Medication, office visits, lab tests
and dietary advice are provided free of charge. Dr. Virgil Brown, the
lead study investigator, hopes the study will lead to a test for diseased
vessels and provide a monitoring method to determine if the vessels
are returning to normal with treatments that reduce cholesterol and
blood pressure or treatments that better control diabetes mellitus.
Eligible participants or individuals seeking more information about
the study may contact Dr. Gocha Saliashvili at (404) 321-6111, ext.