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March 19, 2002


Emory Researchers Seek Patients for Cholesterol Study

Researchers 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 needed.

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. 7234.

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