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

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

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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

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

Know Your Cholesterol Numbers (Video)

You got your cholesterol test results back—but still don’t understand what the numbers mean. Find out what’s good, average and “needs improvement” through medications in this whiteboard session lead by Michael Rocco, MD, Medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stress Testing at Cleveland Clinic.

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What is a Lipid Profile? (Video)

You’ve been ordered to get a cholesterol panel. Now what? Medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stress Testing at Cleveland Clinic, Michael Rocco, MD, shows us the components of a lipid profile and what this important fasting blood test measures. Get a better understanding of your numbers by watching this whiteboard session. Previous Next See … Read More

What is HDL Cholesterol? (Video)

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, Michael Rocco, MD, medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stress Testing at Cleveland Clinic, shares how HDL cholesterol … Read More