Your body needs some cholesterol. But if you have too muchof the wrong kindit starts to build up in your arteries. Cholesterol is produced naturally by the liver, and also comes from eating certain foods, such as eggs and red meat. Too much of the bad kind, LDL cholesterol, raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other conditions. Low levels of the good kind, HDL cholesterol, can have the same effect.
Cholesterol Is Not Your EnemyYou can keep your cholesterol under control with diet and exercise, or with the right medication. Learn more about how cholesterol works and how you can keep your heart, mind, and body healthy by controlling cholesterol.
WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) — A higher dose of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs did not increase the risk of kidney injury in heart attack survivors, according to preliminary study findings. Statins have been shown to reduce the risk of a first heart attack or repeat ones, but some recent studies have suggested that higher doses of [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) — Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say. Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don’t mix well with the antibiotics clarithromycin or erythromycin, according to a study, published in the June 18 [...]
Certain lifestyle changes could greatly reduce your stroke risk, according to a new study.bvResearchers calculated stroke risk among nearly 23,000 black and white Americans aged 45 and older.
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) — The drugs emerging from clinical trials in recent years seem less impressive than those developed in decades gone by, a new review finds. Looking at more than 300 studies done since 1966, researchers found that drugs under development these days are less likely to solidly outperform placebos [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) — People taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol may slightly increase their risk for muscle and joint diseases as well as strains and sprains, a new study suggests. Statins, such as Zocor and Lipitor, are widely used to reduce cholesterol levels and help prevent heart disease. But [...]
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