What You Should Know About Swelling in Your Legs

If you notice swelling in your feet or legs, you should definitely tell your primary care doctor, says Cleveland Clinic Vascular Medicine specialist Leslie Gilbert, MD. Swelling, or edema, can be caused by many things and it’s important to try to understand what is causing it. “If people see any redness, blistering or swelling in … Read More

Take Statins? What You Need to Know about Diabetes Risk

Statin medications (statins) are drugs that help lower cholesterol levels in the blood to help prevent coronary heart disease for those at risk or who already have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease. Statins do carry certain risks that need balanced and managed through ongoing physician monitoring. A recent study highlights how important it is to … Read More

Coconut: Health Fad or Heart Glad?

Are your friends swapping coconut oil for creamer in their morning coffee? Or guzzling post-workout coconut water concoctions? Coconut products are touted as metabolism, electrolyte and general health boosters. Is this coconut craze really heart healthy, or just hype? Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, weighs in on when … Read More

New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Near FDA Approval

Two new drugs to help physicians better manage “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) have received approval this week from an FDA advisory panel. The FDA typically accepts those recommendations, so the drugs may soon be available for patient use. The new drugs – both injectables – are called alirocumab (brand name, Praluent), which received the panel’s … Read More

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