Cholesterol

Understand When High-Intensity Statins Are the Right Choice

If youre on a statin, take a look at the type of statin and the dosage. Is the dosage high, moderate, or low? Is your statin considered one of the more powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs or is it a mild version of this widely prescribed class ofmedications?
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Injectable Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Continues to Show Promise

A Cleveland Clinic study found that a newer, injectable drug to fight cholesterol appears to reverse plaque buildup in the arteries within 18 months. In the study, patients were given injections of the PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab (Repatha), as well as standard daily doses of a statin.
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Pacemakers for Slow Heart Rate and Statins for Low LDL Cholesterol

Two leadless pacemakers (Micra and Nanostim) have had several years of testing. Both have been approved in Europe, and the Micra was approved in the U.S. in April 2016. When we prescribe a statin we are not just treating the numbers but targeting cardiovascular (CV) risk, with the primary aim of reducing heart attack and stroke. Whether to start statin therapy is dependent more on whether you fit into a high-risk group for developing CV events rather than the specific cholesterol numbers.
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Heart Beat: July 2016

Unlike the traditional heart attacks that are accompanied by chest pain and other symptoms, silent heart attacks can occur multiple times without you even knowing it. An observational study of more than 90,000 older adults who suffered falls suggests that starting new blood pressure-lowering medications or intensifying existing anti-hypertensive therapy may raise the risk of falls. Rosuvastatin (Crestor) is the latest cholesterol-lowering statin drug to have a generic competitor on the market.
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Study Helps Affirm Evidence of Statins Muscle-related Side Effects

Statins are among the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S. They are generally well tolerated, but some people complain that the cholesterol-lowering drugs cause them muscle pain. Many of these individuals say the pain dissipates soon after stopping statin therapy.
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Diabetes, Supplements, Psoriasis and Depression

Controlling your blood pressure, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and blood glucose levels are proven means of lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease. A British study of more than 500,000 men and women found that calcium and vitamin D supplementation is not not associated with a greater risk of hospitalization due to heart disease, any cardiovascular events, or death related to either of those causes. Psoriasis is generally thought of as strictly a skin disease because its most obvious symptoms are patches of dry, scaly skin anywhere on the body. Depression has long been known as a risk factor for heart disease and many other complications, but there was little evidence to show that successfully treating depression could actually lower a persons cardiovascular risks.
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A Healthy Lifestyle Helps Control LDL Cholesterol

But since you cant change your family medical history or your age-adding up the years often means watching your LDL go up, too-you should learn the steps that can help bring your cholesterol under control. Since high LDL is a major risk factor for heart disease, its worth exploring your options.
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New Drug Improves Cholesterol, but Doesnt Lower Heart Risks

Despite its ability to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and significantly increase levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, the experimental medication evacetrapib failed to reduce rates of major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.
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Heart Beat: May 2016

The right amount of sleep for good heart health is more than four hours a night, but not necessarily more than eight hours. A small study found that practicing yoga helps individuals with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (afib) manage their symptoms and enjoy a greater quality of life. A recent study found that the genetic cholesterol disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia may be twice as common as previously imagined. Traditional Chinese exercises, such as Tai Chi, may boost the well-being of individuals living with heart disease.
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High Cholesterol and Peripheral Artery Disease

I know that high cholesterol is bad for me. But my doctor says that my triglycerides are elevated. Do I need to worry? I have been told by my physician that I have peripheral artery disease. I have very minimal symptoms. Why does she want to start medicines used in heart disease?
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Your Gut May Determine Your Risk of Heart Disease

Weve heard that the saturated fat and cholesterol found in red meat, egg yolks and full-fat dairy products can lead to clogged arteries. But there appears to be an additional danger in how bacteria in our digestive system process these foods.
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Cholesterol Therapy, Cardiac Rehab for Women, CPAP and Antiplatelets

Between 2005 and 2012, only about 45 percent of the U.S. patients who qualified for cholesterol-lowering therapy actually took their medications. Despite the proven effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation, women tend to be less likely than men to follow through with a prescribed rehab program, according to a recent study sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. For a long time, (CPAP) has been the gold standard in the treatment of OSA but new research found that the use of CPAP and MADs had similar effects on blood pressure reduction in patients with OSA.
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