Tag: statins

Newsbriefs: Statins; Thyroid Cancer; Heart Attack Test

Should You Take A Statin To Prevent Heart Disease?
In late 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its 2008 recommendations on statins for the prevention of heart disease (JAMA, Nov. 15, 2016). After weighing benefits and harms, they now suggest adults age 40-75 with no history of coronary artery

Statins May Offer Benefits Beyond Cholesterol Control

You may take a statin to help improve your cholesterol profile, but research suggests that there may be additional benefits, as well as some potential risks, to go along with these widely prescribed medications.

Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. The

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

Should You Try to Raise Your HDL?

For many years, the formula for better heart health has included measures to reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol while at the same time increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in their circulating blood.

And while a high level of LDL—the so-called “bad” cholesterol—continues to be recognized

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

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

Newsbriefs: AFib; Hip Fractures

AFib Survival is Improving
Patients with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib) are hospitalized more frequently than in the past, but their survival rates are improving, say researchers writing in Circulation, Feb 1. The study analyzed data on Medicare patients age 65 and older, evaluating their hospitalization rates, length of

5. Make Half Your Grains Whole

Fiber for Your Heart
You can obtain much of the dietary fiber you need by eating grains. Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults provides examples of choices that are high in fiber, such as whole and fortified grains and 100% whole-wheat bread. Fiber from grains is known as “cereal fiber,” a term

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