Prediabetes: Your Wake-up Call

If you’re diagnosed with prediabetes, making lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Find out who’s most at risk for this serious condition and get tips on adopting a healthier diet a more active lifestyle.

Do Your Statins and Grapefruit Safely Mix?

Do you take statin medications to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol? Eating grapefruit while taking these drugs can increase the risk of side effects. This warning has led to a lot of questions from people taking this type of medication. Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, Preventive Cardiology Head at Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute, says it’s a … Read More

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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

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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