Can Niacin Be Harmful to Control Cholesterol?

Most people who need to control their cholesterol levels are prescribed drugs called statins if lifestyle changes alone aren’t successful. Another agent that is sometimes used to manage cholesterol, niacin (or Vitamin B3), has been the subject of much debate, due to questions about its effectiveness and safety, and because of side effects such as … Read More

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What Is HDL Cholesterol?

It’s the “good fat.” High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol can actually protect you against heart disease. And you can boost your levels by adopting a healthy lifestyle: eat right, exercise regularly and don’t smoke. In this whiteboard session, cardiologist Michael Rocco, MD, shares how HDL cholesterol works to your heart’s benefit.

What Is LDL Cholesterol?

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is the main target for assessing heart disease risk. High LDL is a problem. For every 10% increase in LDL cholesterol there’s a 10 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke. In this whiteboard session, cardiologist Michael Rocco, MD, explains how LDL cholesterol works and what treatments can control … Read More