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Need a Cholesterol Drug? 10 Must-Know Facts

Millions of people take cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Here are 10 things you should know if you need a cholesterol drug.   View slideshow


10 Ways to Lower Cholesterol

More than 100 million Americans have high cholesterol, which can clog arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that there are a variety of strategies you can use to lower your cholesterol and decrease your risk for heart problems.   View slideshow

Which Statin Will Lower Your Cholesterol?

Even when you find one that works, it's no substitute for lifestyle changes
Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and other statins can dramatically lower levels of artery-clogging cholesterol in the blood, an ability that makes them hugely popular in our cholesterol-rich country. Heart researchers have estimated that these drugs could save 1,000 lives each week for every 10 million high-risk heart disease patients who take them.  Read More


Supplements for Cholesterol: What Works?

Many supplements are touted as all-natural ways to lower cholesterol. But do they really work? We break down what the research does—and doesn’t—say about the benefits of the most popular supplements for lowering cholesterol.   View slideshow


5 Reasons to Stop or Switch Statins

Statins have potentially serious side effects, and there are instances in which they should not be taken. Here is a rundown of things you should look out for if you are taking a statin, and times when you should steer clear of the drugs altogether.   View slideshow


Post-Heart Attack, He Regrets Not Taking Those Statins

Don't make his mistakes
Heart Disease Regrets Not Taking Statins Doctor-Patient Video
He told his brother: "Have your cholesterol checked, and if they tell you to take the pill, take the pill."   Read More

Prognosis for Heart Attack Patients May Depend on What's in the Medicine Cabinet

Experts say the decision to get on and stay on a statin, aspirin, or blood thinners could save your life
Whether you're trying to recover from a massive heart attack or hoping to mitigate your risk factors, the right prescription heart drug can put your goals within reach. In recent years doctors have hit upon effective combinations for the most common heart conditions...  Read More

Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements: What Works, What Doesn't

If you’re looking for a natural way to lower your cholesterol—in addition to eating right and exercising—many dietary supplements claim to do the trick. Alternative remedies like garlic, ginseng, and red yeast rice have been touted as the next best thing to manage cholesterol. But just because someone says a supplement worked miracles on his cholesterol doesn’t mean it will work for you.  Read More


I Was Too Busy for Heart Disease Until It Almost Killed Me

Vicky seemed like an ultra-healthy, tennis playing 50-year-old. But then the extreme fatigue hit. The diagnosis? A near total blockage in a heart artery known as the "widow maker." She had an artery-clearing angioplasty, which brought a healthy flush back into her face (it had a grayish tint due to lack of blood flow.) Find out more about her symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and life after she came dangerously close to a major heart attack.   View slideshow


5 Ways to Avoid a Post-Holiday Heart Attack

Heart attacks peak in December and January. Here are 5 tips for steering clear of ticker trouble during the holidays.   View slideshow