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Do Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Matter?

Cholesterol is hot in the news ever since a top nutrition advisory committee stated that people no longer need to be concerned about eating foods high in cholesterol earlier this year. This guideline caused confusion as people wondered: Is checking my cholesterol still important? Do I need to change my diet? Do my numbers matter? … Read More

Statins and Diabetes: Risk-Benefit Round-Up (Video)

Statin medications (statins) are often used preventively in patients who are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In these people, statin therapy has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. However, recent studies have shown that there may be an association between statin therapy … Read More

Be Alert to Statin Side Effects (Video)

Not only do statins lower LDL cholesterol, they also have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. While statins are well tolerated by most people, they do sometimes have side effects that can limit their use, says Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation … Read More

Don’t Despair If You Have Statin Intolerance (Video)

Statin medications (statins) are the first-line treatment for patients with high cholesterol and those diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Unfortunately, some patients find when they are first prescribed a statin that they are unable to tolerate the drug. However, don’t be disheartened if you have a problem or experience a side effect from a specific … Read More

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New Drug May Work When Statins Don’t Or Can’t

Cholesterol-lowering statins are highly effective in reducing heart attacks and stroke. But they don’t work for everyone, and sometimes, they can cause intolerable side effects. For these patients in particular, PCSK9 inhibitors bring new hope. A new class of drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in a different way than statins. They … Read More