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Manage Your Cholesterol to Improve Your Heart Health

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

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

The phrase open-heart surgery is often used interchangeably with “bypass surgery,” which is technically “coronary artery bypass grafting,” or CABG. But open-heart surgery can actually refer to any of several operations that require surgeons to open up the chest cavity and work directly on the heart.
Other procedures requiring open-heart

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

1. Getting a Better Picture of Your Brain

The BRAIN Initiative
Never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the human brain. In October 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced a second wave of grants to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH’s annual investment to $85

New Study Ties Statins to Excessive Tiredness

Could your excessive tiredness be caused by your cholesterol medication? A new study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health links cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol)…

Statin Alternative May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

A study presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Heart Association revealed several key findings that will impact millions of people worldwide.
In a nutshell, the lower your low-density lipoprotein levels (LDL—“bad”—cholesterol), the greater your protection against heart attack. Moreover, LDL levels below 70 mg/dL appear to be

Newsbriefs: Heart Disease; Anticoagulants; Statins

Heart Disease Remains A #1 Health Threat.
The mortality rate from heart disease has fallen 40 percent since 2001. Nevertheless, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, said the American Heart Association in its latest update, published December 17, 2014 in its journal Circulation. Every day,

Memory Maximizers: Vision Problems; Statins & Memory

Address Vision Problems to Minimize Their Effects on Mental Acuity
One in every 13 people over the age of 65 has some type of visual impairment, and this weakening of a vital sensory input is linked with important effects on brain function, such as declines in cognitive ability and memory.

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