Yeast Meets West: Red Yeast Rice versus Statins. Comparative Research on Chinese Red Yeast Rice versus Statin Therapy for Hyperlipidemia.

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Dr. Halbert is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, and is part of the academic faculty of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and he has practiced Integrative Medicine for 25 years. Dr. Halbert was recently funded by the National Institute of Health to complete a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.His research has focused on Preventative Cardiology and the application of integrative approaches to reduce cardiovascular risk.

This lecture was delivered as part of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine's Grand Rounds series on May 5, 2009. Copyright 2009 by Steven C. Halbert, MD.


Overall goals and objectives:

1. Understand the role of complementary and alternative therapies for reducing cardiovascular risk.
2. Describe recent original research evaluating Chinese red yeast rice and lifestyle modification as an alternative lipid-lowering approach.
3. Learn integrative treatment options for patients who cannot tolerate conventional lipid-lowering therapy such as statin drugs.
4. Understand methodological issues and future directions in the study of integrative approaches to lipid-lowering.