About the Author

Jim Black

Jim Black

Jim Black has covered myriad health topics as a medical editor and writer for more than a decade. He has worked with experts from some of the leading hospitals in the U.S., including Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since 2005, Black has served as executive editor of the Cleveland Clinic Men's Health Advisor. In that time, he has written about everything from prostate diseases and diabetes to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and a wide array of other men's health issues. Previously, he spent 15-plus years as a staff writer and editor for a daily newspaper.
When he's not writing and editing, the western Pennsylvania resident freelances as a graphic designer and moonlights as a part-time musician. He's also a devout fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team and other Steel City sports teams.

Articles by Jim Black

Can Prostate Cancer Be Cured? Explore Your Treatment Options

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Can Prostate Cancer Be Cured? Explore Your Treatment Options

Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer is shocking—so much so that you might not fully process anything your doctor says after the “C word.” Consequently, you might forget about another “C word”—cure—and fail to understand that a prostate cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. So, can prostate cancer be

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6. Medications That Manage Your Cholesterol

You could be following a heart-healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and optimizing your weight and still not have your lipids and cardiovascular risk level where they need to be. When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control your cholesterol, your physician may prescribe a medication to help you out.
Fortunately, you have

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5. Change Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Risks

Regardless of what your test results indicate or what your risk category is, one fact is inescapable: Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you minimize your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as well as improve your overall health and quality of life.
Based on the results

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4. Tests to Assess Your Risk

Now that you know about the health risks that accompany dyslipidemia, what causes your cholesterol to go awry, and the ways that cholesterol and other factors can increase your cardiovascular risk, it’s time to find out just what your risk is. This requires that you see your physician periodically to

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3. Know Your Cardiovascular Risk

You get regular exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke, and you have no symptoms that suggest heart trouble, so you assume that your risk for a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event is low. However, regardless of how healthy your lifestyle is, you need to be aware of the

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2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right

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1. The Basics of Cholesterol

Chances are, when you hear the word “cholesterol,” you certainly don’t think of it as a hero of heart health. Rather, it’s taken on a villainous role in the cardiovascular health story.
But just as every good tale needs a villain, and just as most memorable villains have both good and