In the ongoing effort to find drugs that safely and effectively reduce cardiovascular events, there’s a new class of stars: PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs are antibodies directed at the PCSK9 protein, which regulates LDL receptor recycling. Blocking the protein results in increasing the effective number of receptors, which leads to
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Q: What is metabolic syndrome?
A: This refers to a group of risk factors that increases your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. A patient is diagnosed with metabolic syndrome when three of the following five conditions occur: The first risk factor is a
The heart muscle thrives on a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood from arteries on its surface, called coronary arteries. When cholesterol builds up in the arteries, blood flow slows down, and the result can be chest pain, or angina.
The accumulated cholesterol in the arterial walls are called plaques. These plaques
You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably
Q. Can you advise me about a diet for the management of chronic kidney disease?
A. Jeanne P. Goldberg, PhD, Friedman School professor and director of the Nutrition Communication Program, responds: “A useful answer to your question would require considerably more information about your specific condition and that goes beyond the
Before you worry about getting enough of specific vitamins or minerals, it’s smart to consider the dietary roles of the three most basic forms of nutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and protein. These are so fundamental to the nutritional quality of the foods we eat that their relative proportions are actually
You already know that having high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and/or blood pressure raises your odds of having cardiovascular disease (CVD), which increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other problems that affect your heart and circulatory system—but you may not know just how much your odds drop when you
It’s sad…eggs are so misunderstood. You see, many people think that because eggs contain cholesterol, they must cause high cholesterol levels in those people who consume them. Not true! As it turns out…