Newer cholesterol-lowering drugs combined with more conventional medicine reduces bad cholesterol to incredibly low levels, a new study shows. Perhaps even more important, the combination also reduces the heart-attack-inducing plaque that forms inside the arteries.
Despite limitations, heart disease risk calculators are a good discussion-starter with your doctor about your risk, lifestyle changes to consider, and whether medication would benefit you.
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
For years, we’ve been told to avoid high-cholesterol foods for heart health, but those days may be coming to an end. A top nutrition advisory committee says people no longer have to be concerned about eating foods that are high in cholesterol. The committee’s report, which was released today, will help shape the next version … Read More
The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology’s new guidelines have taken a dramatic turn in their approach to treatment with cholesterol-lowering statin medications. The guidelines’ recommendations have changed to suggest physicians identify patients at high risk for heart disease and prescribe statins for them to reduce these risks. The new guidelines call for … Read More
Drugs to reduce LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, have been around for decades. Until recently, though, researchers were puzzled by how to increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol. A new drug under trial may help play a role in raising good cholesterol in the not-too-distant future. What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in every … Read More
Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of seeds? Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D., a registered dietician at Cleveland Clinic, says people do not realize certain seeds have a variety of health benefits. Hemp seeds, for example, can be a great source of vitamin E. “Vitamin E is an antioxidant in our body,” says Jamieson-Petonic. “It helps … Read More
Can I eat red meat and still have a healthy heart? Yes No Answer: Yes In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: Certain cuts of red meat contain large quantities of saturated fat, which is linked to increased LDL cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease. An occasional steak is fine, … Read More