We are constantly bombarded with information about risk and risk factors for heart disease. The numbers are often confusing, sometimes they are big (50 or 100 times the risk), sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are in percent form (20% higher, 300% higher). What does this information mean … Read More
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Statins are one of the longest and most well-studied drugs that definitively provide positive results. In fact, the most-effective statins reduce cholesterol by 55-50% at their maximum dose. In addition, statins are cost-effective — 6 of the 7 statins are generic. While statins save lives world-wide, … Read More
Many people with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), who have the opportunity to take medications that dramatically lower cholesterol, often ask me about the old standby of cholesterol management, a healthy diet. Yes, you need a heart healthy diet. For FH, this means a diet low in saturated fat … Read More
Cholesterol is naturally produced by your body and is essential to its function throughout your everyday life. However, excessively high levels of cholesterol—in particular, LDL cholesterol— are bad and can lead to serious health problems such as clogged arteries, heart disease, and stroke.
What … Read More