high density lipoprotein

HDL vs. LDL: Which Cholesterol Number Is More Important?

You’ve probably heard high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol described as the “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as the “bad” cholesterol. But when it comes to which type of cholesterol is most important to control, who wins the HDL vs. LDL matchup? If only it were that simple. There's considerable debate … Read More

Prediabetes Symptoms: Are They a Reliable Indicator?

During your latest doctor’s appointment, your physician breaks the news that you have prediabetes. It means your blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. You’re surprised not only by the diagnosis, but also by the fact that you experienced no prediabetes symptoms. After … Read More

Lipid Profile: Key Blood Test for Assessing Your Cardiac Risk

A lipid profile—also called a lipid panel—is a blood test that gives your doctor a head-up as to abnormalities in your cholesterol level. The lipid profile includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, cholesterol-HDL ratio, LDL-HDL ratio, and triglycerides. A fairly routine test, a lipid profile is an indicator of … Read More

Angina Attack Symptoms: What They Mean

You’re climbing a flight of stairs and suddenly you experience the sensation of pressure in your chest. It might feel a little like heartburn, but you know it’s more serious. What causes chest pain like that? Are you having a heart attack? Or is it an angina attack, your first … Read More

Heart-Healthy Diet Plan: Yes, “Planning” Is Paramount

Timing and planning may mean everything when it comes to following a heart-healthy diet plan. That’s the message of a American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement. The more thoughtful you are not only about what you eat but when and how often, the AHA advises, the more successful you'll have … Read More

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