High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a substance that is found in the blood. Everyone has some. It is needed for good health. The problem is, people sometimes have too much cholesterol. Compared with people with normal cholesterol, people with high cholesterol have a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other health problems. The higher your cholesterol, the higher your risk of these problems.Read More

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Health Tip: Why Get a Cholesterol Test?



November 28

(HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty blood substance that your body needs to keep cells healthy. It's produced by your liver and also is found in animal-based foods. There are two kinds of cholesterol: "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Too much "bad" cholesterol can clog your arteries and raise your risk of heart attack and stroke. Your doctor may order a cholesterol test as a part of a routine exam or if you have at least one of these risk factors: High blood pressure. Type 2... Read More

Eat Well, Age Well



November 05


SUNDAY, Nov. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet may translate into a healthier old age, researchers report. The scientists followed close to 1,000 men and women in England, who were born in March 1946, throughout their adulthood. Those who ate more fruits, vegetables and whole-grain cereals -- and fewer highly processed foods -- throughout adulthood did better on three tests of physical function in their early 60s than those with less healthy eating habits. The study also found that those whose eating habits improved during adulthood did better on two of the tests, chair rise speed... Read More

Less than half of patients prescribed new cholesterol drug receive insurance approval

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October 30

Embargoed until 4 a.m. CT / 5 a.m. ET Monday, October 30, 2017 DALLAS, October 30, 2017 — Less than half of patients received their insurer’s approval for prescriptions of PCSK9 inhibitors, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. PCSK9 inhibitors, like Repatha (evolocumab) and Praluent (alirocumab), work by increasing the removal of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol from the blood. They have been shown to reduce LDL by 60 percent and decrease major cardiac events but cost much more than other cholesterol-lowering drugs with an average cost of $14,300 per year. Prescriptions require prior... Read More

Cholesterol Levels Are Dropping In the U.S. Here’s What That Means


October 27


According to the latest numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015-16, 12.4% of adults had high cholesterol, defined as any measurement over 240 mg/dL. That’s a significant decline from the 18.3% who had high levels in 1999-2000. Cholesterol levels in the U.S. have been declining over the past few decades. That's mostly thanks to a greater national awareness of cholesterol’s role in contributing to heart disease and better drugs to lower cholesterol, such as statins and PCSK-9 inhibitors . Public health campaigns about healthy weight and the benefits of exercise also likely contributed to improving cholesterol levels... Read More

High-risk patients being underprescribed statins, study finds


October 25

Statins are being overprescribed to low-risk groups and underprescribed to high-risk groups, research by the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) has shown. The report found potential “undertreatment” among people who have at least a 20% chance of cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a decade, who are considered high-risk patients. Slightly over a third (35%) of this group were prescribed statins, meaning that after risk assessments were undertaken the majority were not offered the drugs, which are prescribed to reduce cholesterol levels to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The report also found there could be “significant overtreatment” of statin therapy... Read More

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