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Health Tip: Maintain Healthy Cholesterol

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-- If you have high cholesterol, you are at greater risk of developing a number of health problems, such as heart disease and stroke, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. High cholesterol often lacks symptoms, so cholesterol should be checked early in life, between ages 9 and 12, between ages 17 and 19, and at least every five years in adulthood. The CDC suggests how to ...

'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises

Posted 18 days ago by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Millions of Americans aren't taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows. Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Many of these emergencies occurred because ...

Could Too Much 'Good' HDL Cholesterol Be Bad for Your Heart?

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – When it comes to protecting one's heart, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol – or HDL – has long had a reputation of being the "good" cholesterol, compared to the "bad" cholesterol – LDL (low-density lipoprotein). But new research suggests that there could be too much of a "good" thing. Very high blood levels of HDL cholesterol may actually be bad for you. The ...

Tap Into the Health Powers of Garlic

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – As scientists look into the effects of diet on health, they're finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond making dishes tastier. Garlic, an ingredient found in almost every cuisine, has emerged as one such superfood. Part of the allium family, which includes onions and leeks, garlic has a number of compounds that supply its ...

When 'Good' Cholesterol Is Bad for Older Women

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – HDL cholesterol may be known as the "good" kind, but a new study suggests high levels of it are not always a good thing for women after menopause. The study, of nearly 1,400 postmenopausal women, found that those with higher HDL levels were more likely to show "plaques" in their carotid arteries. Those arteries supply blood to the brain, and plaque buildup there signals ...

AHA: Can a Daily Cup of Tea Do a Heart Good?

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The latest study on the coffee alternative suggests at least a cup a day may help your body cling to heart-helping "good cholesterol" as you age. Previous research has suggested more tea may significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, the "bad" cholesterol that can build up in arteries. ...

Why Are Statins Underused With Black Patients?

Posted 13 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – The color of a patient's skin appears to influence the medical care they receive for high cholesterol levels, a new study shows. Blacks are less likely than whites to receive appropriate treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins, the researchers report. The reasons behind this racial gap in care are a complex brew of economic status, financial barriers, clinical ...

Most With Very High Cholesterol Missing Out on Right Meds

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Less than 40 percent of American adults with extremely high cholesterol levels get the medications they should, a new study finds. Researchers examined federal government data to assess rates of awareness, screening and the use of cholesterol-lowering statins among adults aged 20 and older with extremely high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. The investigators also looked ...

Noisy Workplace May Wreak Havoc on Your Heart

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Loud noise at work doesn't just threaten your hearing, it might also boost your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a new U.S. government report suggests. "Reducing workplace noise levels is critical not just for hearing loss prevention – it may also impact blood pressure and cholesterol," said Dr. John Howard, director of the U.S. National Institute for ...

Health Tip: Suggestions to Improve Your Cholesterol

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by

-- You should check your cholesterol at least every five years, or more often if there's a problem, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says. Your blood sugar and blood pressure could influence your cholesterol levels, the association says, so a person with diabetes should pay particular attention to these risk factors. The ADA offers these tips to help lower your cholesterol: If you smoke, ...

High Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – In a seemingly counterintuitive finding, new research suggests that high cholesterol is associated with a reduced risk of mental decline in the elderly. People aged 85 to 94 with good brain function whose cholesterol was above normal had a 32 percent lower risk for mental decline over the next 10 years compared with people aged 75 to 84, who had a 50 percent higher risk ...

Heart-Healthy 'DASH' Diet May Also Help Lower Depression Risk

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains may lower your risk of depression, new research suggests. "Making a lifestyle change – such as changing your diet – is often preferred over taking medications, so we wanted to see if diet could be an effective way to reduce the risk of depression," said study author Dr. Laurel Cherian, who's with Rush University ...

Impotence Among Heart Patients Not the Fault of Meds, Study Finds

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Worried that the drugs you're taking to lower cholesterol or blood pressure might make you more apt to develop erectile dysfunction? That's not likely, a new Canadian study suggests. The study involved about 2,000 men who were taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a blood pressure-lowering medication, or both. The statin the men took was Crestor (rosuvastatin), and ...

Pill Combo May Do More to Reduce Stroke Risk

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – A special combination of cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering pills may be best at cutting the odds of stroke for people at high risk, new research shows. Taking daily doses of two blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug reduced first-time strokes by 44 percent among people at risk for heart disease, researchers found. The combination worked ...

FDA Approves Amgen's Repatha (evolocumab) to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced that following priority review of its supplemental Biologics License Application, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Repatha (evolocumab) as the first PCSK9 inhibitor to prevent heart attacks, strokes and coronary revascularizations in adults with established cardiovascular disease.1 "We ...

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