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Empowering Heart Patients to Live Longer
Taking action today will deliever many health benefits tomorrow. Patients who have already had a heart attack or stroke require substantial lifestyle changes to improve their quality of life.
Your DNA Could be Problematic for Statins
Statins are widely prescribed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Though effective, some doctors have become concerned about a rare gene that increases the risk of muscle aches, kidney damage and death in those who also take statins.
Better Kid Munchies Lead to Healthier Adults
We all know that eating healthy is better for kids; more fruits, vegetables and fibers, combined with limiting fats and sugars, is better for growing bodies.
Manage Cholesterol at the Gym
Earlier this year, the optimum level for triglycerides was lowered from 150 mg/dL to 100 mg/dL. But doctors aren't suggesting drugs as the main tool to lower them. Instead they're suggesting lifestyle changes are in order.
What Are Triglycerides Anyway?
Hoping someday for an easier way to lower your triglycerides while boosting your "good" HDL cholesterol? For the first time, lab scientists have identified a therapeutic target that may do just that.
Cholesterol Drug Assessment 2.0
Doctors generally monitor how well cholesterol lowering drugs are working through simple blood tests. A high tech method that uses MRI scanning may let them peek inside the arteries to evaluate drug effectiveness.
Why Statins Don't Always Work
For some patients, statins simply aren't effective at lowering their high cholesterol. Now scientists think they may have figured out why the cholesterol-lowering drugs don't work well in some patients.
Where You Live Impacts Your Heart
There has been a steady decline in the number of Americans with coronary heart disease in recent years, yet rates vary by race and ethnicity, and residents of some states have a risk that is more than double other geographic regions.
Statins May Aid Brain Injury Patients
Medication to lower cholesterol may have some unexpected benefits. In older patients, statins to lower cholesterol significantly improve survival rates after a traumatic brain injury.
New Drug Treats Diabetes and High Cholesterol
The FDA has approved Juvisync, a prescription medication that contains two previously approved medicines in one tablet: Januvia (sitagliptin) for diabetes and Zocor (simvastatin) for high cholesterol.