Heart Beat October 2004 Issue

Heart Beat: 10/04

WHY A CHOLESTEROL SCAVENGER SOMETIMES FAILS Itís generally great news when your doctor tells you your HDL levels are high. HDL ó high density lipoprotein ó helps remove cholesterol from arteries, slowing the growth of plaque that can rupture and trigger a heart attack or stroke. But up to half of HDL in some patientsí arterial plaque canít handle this heart-protective mission, according to new Cleveland Clinic research (August 16 2004 Journal of Clinical Investigation). …

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