Differential effects of pravastatin, simvastatin, and atorvastatin on Ca2+ release and vascular reactivity.

Abstract

The direct effects of the cholesterol-lowering agents, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase inhibitors, on vascular smooth muscle responsiveness were examined by incubation of isolated aorta from normocholesterolemic rats with simvastatin, atorvastatin, or pravastatin. The smooth muscle contractions caused by phenylephrine were… (More)

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