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Is the 'Anti-Statin' Trend Threatening Lives?

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – A wave of anti-science skepticism may put people with high cholesterol at risk if they're convinced to quit life-saving statin medications, heart experts warn. An "internet-driven cult" is attacking the safety and effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering statins, despite mounds of clinical trial data showing the drugs work and produce minimal side effects, said Dr. Steven ...

U.S. Task Force Backs Statins for Those 40 to 75 at Heightened Heart Risk

Posted 22 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs should be used to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in certain at-risk patients, according to a draft recommendation released Monday by the nation's leading experts in preventive medicine. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said statins can provide maximum preventive benefits for adults 40 to 75 years old who have an existing ...

Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person's aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests. Men taking statins typically become less aggressive, while women on statins tend to become more aggressive, according to findings published July 1 in the journal PLOS ONE. "Clinicians should ...

Half of U.S. Hispanics With High Cholesterol Unaware They Have It: Study

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – Nearly half of Hispanic people in the United States with high cholesterol levels aren't aware they have the health problem and more than two-thirds who are aware aren't being treated, a new study indicates. Reviewing data from more than 16,000 Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 74, the researchers found that about 44 percent of men and 40 percent of women had high ...

Health Tip: What's Behind High Cholesterol?

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by

-- High cholesterol is a risk factor for serious health problems, from heart attack to stroke. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these possible causes: Eating a diet high in cholesterol-rich foods, such as meat, cheese, egg yolks and other animal products. Foods high in saturated and trans fats also increase cholesterol. Being overweight or lack of physical activity can lead ...

Can U.S. Health-Care System Afford New, Improved Cholesterol Drugs?

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won't pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically cut LDL cholesterol – the "bad" kind linked to increased risks of heart attack and stroke. And they are expected to open up a new option for people ...

FDA Advisers Weigh Two New Cholesterol Drugs: Alirocumab and Evolocumab

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – U.S. health experts are weighing whether to endorse two drugs from a new class of cholesterol medications that seem to sharply cut "bad" LDL cholesterol in people who don't fare well on the commonly used drugs called statins. The new drugs are known as PCSK9 inhibitors. U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss and possibly ...

Staying Fit May Delay Onset of High Cholesterol, Study Finds

Posted 11 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Men who keep fit may find they delay normal age-related increases in blood cholesterol levels by up to 15 years, a new study suggests. It is common for cholesterol levels to rise with age and then decrease later in life, the study authors explained in background notes. Previous studies have shown that high cholesterol levels can be a risk factor for heart disease. Regular ...

New Guidelines Would Greatly Boost Number of Young People on Statins

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – If all doctors followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts. In 2011, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued new guidelines on reducing heart disease in adolescents and young adults. Those guidelines recommended ...

For Cholesterol Control, Experts Urge More Than Meds

Posted 29 Dec 2010 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 28 – Advances in medical science have made it easier than ever to lower dangerous cholesterol levels. A class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins have proven particularly effective, reducing the risk for heart-related death by as much as 40 percent in people who have already suffered a heart attack, said Dr. Vincent Bufalino, president and chief executive of Midwest ...

Lowest Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Levels the Best

Posted 23 Mar 2009 by

MONDAY, March 23 – The tightest control of the major risk factors for heart disease seems to provide the greatest protection against cardiovascular trouble, a new study shows. And so the current guidelines for risk factors such as blood pressure and LDL cholesterol might need to be tightened even further, said Dr. Stephen J. Nicholls, an assistant professor of molecular medicine at the Cleveland ...

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