Heart Health

New Drug: Cholchicine for Cardiovascular Inflammation

Hearty Team
Sep 16, 2023

Have you heard of colchicine? While colchicine has been used for centuries to treat gout, it is now being touted for its anti-inflammatory benefits for the heart. Recently, the FDA approved its use as an anti-inflammatory atheroprotective cardiovascular treatment – under the drug name Lodoco®. This approval marks the first of its kind, as in, the drug is the first FDA approved drug to target cardiac inflammation. In trial, Lodoco® was found to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, coronary revascularization and heart-related death, for individuals with heart disease or several risk factors for heart disease.

Since colchicine has anti-inflammatory effects, it makes sense that it can be used in the prevention of heart ailments of inflammatory nature – including those listed above, especially for those at-risk. Colchicine has also been shown to inhibit cell migration and division, which is also beneficial for reducing adverse cardiovascular events. l am excited for the approval of more drugs aimed at prevention, rather than solely treatment. Prevention is key when it comes to healthspan promotion and living younger!

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