Do You Really Need a Stress Test? They’re Not for Everyone

Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don’t need screenings such as electrocardiography (EKG) and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recently recommended. The American College of Physicians (ACP) released guidelines recently that say that there is no evidence that these types of screenings benefit people with low risk. You might be considered low-risk for … Read More

10 Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol

We all want to be heart-healthy, and ensuring healthy levels of cholesterol — a fat, or lipid, carried through the bloodstream — is the first step. Low-density lipoprotein or LDL (bad) cholesterol contributes to plaque buildup along with triglycerides, another lipid. High-density lipoprotein or HDL (good) cholesterol discourages plaque buildup. Plaque can threaten the blood … Read More

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

A recent study says one in three children, aged 9 to 11, has borderline or high cholesterol levels. The study, conducted in Houston, drew interest at the 2014 annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C. The recent findings reinforce recommendations the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) made in 2011. … Read More

Encouraging News If You Are Statin Intolerant

Updates showing positive results in ongoing trials of a new type of cholesterol-lowering drug generated a lot of interest at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Still in their trial phase, the PCSK9 inhibitor-type drugs show encouraging promise as a new treatment option for statin-intolerant patients. Answer to statin … Read More

Your Best Strategies for Preventing Diabetes

One in four people has pre-diabetes, or elevated blood glucose, that puts them at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes. You may have it and not even know. To prevent diabetes, I recommend a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and following a … Read More

Prediabetes: Wake-up Call for Mid-life Women

Keeping off those extra pounds is an ongoing battle for many women. And it only gets more challenging as we enter menopause. It’s just the way we’re made. Female hormones tend to promote fat formation. That means our bodies store fat more easily than men’s bodies. As we get older, our metabolism slows, enabling even … 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

Statin Sensitivity Doesn’t Rule Out Treatment

Second only to vaccines, statins are the most widely taken medication in the world. On average, statins can lower “bad” LDL cholesterol as much as 40 percent, even at the lowest prescribed dosage. But some  people stop taking the drug after suffering side effects. Luckily, a workaround has been proven effective. A recent study confirms … Read More

Do Statins and Grapefruit Safely Mix?

Statin medications safely lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, but eating grapefruit while taking the drugs has been shown to increase the risk of side effects. This warning has led to a lot of questions from people taking this type of medication. Preventive Cardiology Head at Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute and chair of Cellular … Read More

Know When to Treat Your High Cholesterol (Video)

Now that you know your cholesterol numbers, you’re probably wondering if levels are high enough to treat. At what point will you be prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins? And, what numbers should you shoot for if you want to avoid treatment? Answers to those questions are given by Michael Rocco, MD, medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and … Read More