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  • Making sense of cholesterol tests

    Making sense of cholesterol tests

    Time to get your cholesterol checked. Okay, but which test should you get? It’s not so simple anymore. Here is a rundown of some of the choices and their pros and cons: Total cholesterol. This is the simplest and least expensive test, and fasting isn’t necessary. The test doesn’t require any sophisticated lab work, either. […]

  • Fish oil questioned as treatment for heart disease

    Fish oil questioned as treatment for heart disease

    It may be okay for prevention. But eating fish is a better strategy than gulping pills. Fish oil has been flying high as a supplement for the past few years. It has garnered a reputation as an easy way to protect the heart, ease inflammation, improve mental health, and lengthen life. Such claims are one […]

  • Experts urge intensive lifestyle measures for lowering triglycerides

    Experts urge intensive lifestyle measures for lowering triglycerides

    When cholesterol is measured, so are triglycerides, another type of blood fat that’s an independent risk factor for heart disease. High triglycerides increase the likelihood of developing heart disease even when cholesterol levels are normal, especially in postmenopausal women. But triglycerides haven’t gotten as much attention as LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol, partly […]

  • Medical memo: Semen quality and survival

    Medical memo: Semen quality and survival

    How healthy are you, and how does your life expectancy stack up against the average? To answer these questions, your doctor will ask about your smoking, drinking, diet, and exercise. He’ll measure your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight or waist size. And he may ask if you’re happy or stressed and if you […]

  • Atherosclerosis

    Atherosclerosis

    What Is It? Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of the arteries that can significantly reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the heart, brain and intestines. In atherosclerosis, the arteries are narrowed when fatty deposits called plaques build up inside. Plaques typically contain cholesterol from low-density lipoproteins (LDL), smooth-muscle cells and fibrous tissue, and […]

  • Arterial Blood Flow Studies of the Legs (Segmental Doppler Pressures)

    Arterial Blood Flow Studies of the Legs (Segmental Doppler Pressures)

    What is the test? People who have leg pain when exercising may need an evaluation to make sure they have normal blood flow through their leg arteries. Normally blood pressure is similar whether it is measured in the legs or in the arms. If blood pressure is lower in the legs, it usually means that […]

  • Getting to the heart of diabetes

    Getting to the heart of diabetes

    Move over, blood sugar. In the fight against diabetes, it’s time to focus on managing cholesterol problems and blood pressure, too. Ever since diabetes was first described more than three thousand years ago by physicians to the pharaohs, blood sugar has been the focal point of this increasingly common disease. That makes sense —diabetes is, […]

  • Ask the doctor: How much psyllium is needed to lower cholesterol?

    Ask the doctor: How much psyllium is needed to lower cholesterol?

    Q. What amount of psyllium should I take each day to lower cholesterol? A. Psyllium (SILL-ee-um) is the main ingredient in many over-the-counter laxatives, such as Metamucil, Fiberall, and others. It can also lower harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 5% to 10%. The amount needed to lower cholesterol is 10 to 20 grams a […]

  • Health by the numbers

    Health by the numbers

    Statins and lower cholesterol … According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the percentage of Americans ages 45 and older taking a statin drug jumped from 2% in 1988–94 to 25% in 2005–08. There are roughly 117 million Americans over age 45, so that means there are almost 29 million statin users, or the […]

  • August 2011 references and further reading

    August 2011 references and further reading

    Ideal CV health Lloyd-Jones DM, Hong Y, Labarthe D, Mozaffarian D, Appel LJ, Van Horn L, Greenlund K, Daniels S, Nichol G, Tomaselli GF, Arnett DK, Fonarow GC, Ho PM, Lauer MS, Masoudi FA, Robertson RM, Roger V, Schwamm LH, Sorlie P, Yancy CW, Rosamond WD. Defining and setting national goals for cardiovascular health promotion […]

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