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Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

Estrogen fuels the production of HDL cholesterol to increase the good cholesterol in women of child-bearing age. That’s the good news. As women approach menopause, estrogen levels drop, reducing HDL levels. The bad news is more than 25% of women in the U.S. die each year die from heart disease. [1] Cholesterol plays an important [...]

August 30, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

The perfect storm: obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure

The perfect storm: obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure

Did you know obesity is the number one risk factor for developing heart disease and diabetes? Find up-to-date resources here for more health insights: We all know that high cholesterol and obesity are bad for your heart health. But combined with other health problems — such as high blood pressure — these health risks can [...]

August 14, 2012 Susan Heart Disease, Obesity and related diseases, Side effects of diabetes medications Comments Off on The perfect storm: obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure

Side-effects of daily statin meds

Side-effects of daily statin meds

Cholesterol-reducing medications called statins are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. In the U.S. alone, 21-million patients were prescribed statins to treat high cholesterol. [1] Statins are also used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (a condition in which the body does not use insulin normally [...]

August 14, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Obesity and related diseases Comments Off on Side-effects of daily statin meds

Smokers are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop heart disease

Smokers are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop heart disease

It’s on the pack and it’s true: smoking causes coronary heart disease and smokers are two to four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. Here’s another thing: Cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person’s risk for stroke. (The following taken from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.) Cigarette smoking causes reduced [...]

August 12, 2012 Susan Heart Disease Comments Off on Smokers are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop heart disease

Take steps to prevent and control heart disease

Take steps to prevent and control heart disease

The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control risk factors. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future. Diseases and Conditions That Put Your Heart at Risk Conditions that affect [...]

August 12, 2012 Susan Heart Disease Comments Off on Take steps to prevent and control heart disease

Quick facts on men and heart disease

Quick facts on men and heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a [...]

August 12, 2012 Susan Heart Disease Comments Off on Quick facts on men and heart disease

What is your cholesterol test telling you?

What is your cholesterol test telling you?

Find out how to prepare, who should be tested and what cholesterol blood tests mean in an article written by Mayo Clinic staff. Definition of a Cholesterol Blood Test A complete cholesterol blood test — also called a lipid panel or lipid profile — is a group of blood tests that can measure the amount [...]

August 12, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens Comments Off on What is your cholesterol test telling you?

The good, the bad and the ugly truths about cholesterol

The good, the bad and the ugly truths about cholesterol

Cholesterol is a natural occurring substance in the body important for many functions from making some hormones to building cell walls, to name a few. The liver produces most of the cholesterol in your body, but you also get cholesterol from foods such as meat, eggs and whole-fat dairy products.  By ROBERT LOPEZ, M.D. Cholesterol [...]

July 30, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Heart Health & Cholesterol Comments Off on The good, the bad and the ugly truths about cholesterol

Quick facts about women and heart disease

Quick facts about women and heart disease

Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, and women account for nearly 50 percent of heart disease deaths. Read these quick facts on women and heart disease: In 2007, heart disease was the cause of [...]

February 1, 2012 Susan Heart Disease Comments Off on Quick facts about women and heart disease

The VAP test provides detailed cholesterol measures

The VAP test provides detailed cholesterol measures

The affordable vertical auto profile (VAP) Test provides direct, detailed measurements of cholesterol subclasses that play important roles in the development of heart disease–the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. The comprehensive information provided by the VAP allows for improved diagnosis and gives physicians the ability to develop patient-specific therapy, monitor treatment [...]

July 13, 2009 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Heart Health & Cholesterol Comments Off on The VAP test provides detailed cholesterol measures