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It’s Never Too Early for You to Prevent Heart Disease

Tags: children heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, high cholesterol

Heart disease usually affects older adults, but risk can develop early in life: Studies find 1 in 3 children have high cholesterol levels. Some experts recommend screening for kids aged 9 to 11.


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Encouraging News If You Are Statin Intolerant

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart health, high cholesterol, statins

Statin intolerance is a problem for some patients, but there's hope in a new class of LDL-lowering drugs. Latest research results presented at annual cardiology conference show promise.


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Your Best Strategies for Preventing Diabetes

Tags: blood glucose test, blood sugars, diabetes, HDL, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, Type 2 diabetes

If you’re at risk for diabetes, Marwan Hamaty, MD, MBA, talks about the best ways you can prevent the onset of the disease.


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Prediabetes: Wake-up Call for Mid-life Women

Tags: diabetes, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal — but not yet high enough to be diabetes. And it only gets more challenging as we enter menopause.


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

Tags: coronary artery disease, Dr. Rocco, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart videos, high cholesterol, statins, video

Intolerance to a specific statin does not predict a poor response to another. Learn how specific dosing regimens that increase the dose/frequency over time can help increase your tolerance.


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Statin Sensitivity Doesn’t Rule Out Treatment

Tags: high cholesterol, prescription drug, statins

Statins help lower cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk for many people, but if you are sensitive to the drug, studies show taking a "drug vacation" every other day can help prevent side effects.


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Do Statins and Grapefruit Safely Mix?

Tags: diet, high cholesterol, statins

Health care professionals promote heart-healthy diets rich in fresh fruits and fiber, but eating grapefruit can cause problems for patients on statin medications. How much can you consume before trouble occurs?


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Know When to Treat Your High Cholesterol (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, cholesterol 101 whiteboards, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart videos, high cholesterol, risk factors, video, whiteboard sessions

How high is too high for cholesterol? And when is it time for treatment? Answers to those questions are highlighted in this whiteboard session lead by Cleveland Clinic Cardiologist Michael Rocco, MD.


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Know Your Cholesterol Numbers (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, cholesterol 101 whiteboards, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart videos, high cholesterol, risk factors, video, whiteboard sessions

Now you know your cholesterol numbers—but do you know what they mean? Find out in this whiteboard session with Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Michael Rocco.


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What is a Lipid Profile? (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, cholesterol 101 whiteboards, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, high cholesterol, risk factors, whiteboard sessions

A cholesterol panel, also called a lipid profile, measures circulating fats and risk of heart disease. Cleveland Clinic’s Michael Rocco, MD, explains what this fasting blood test tells us.