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

Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese

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HealthDay

October 13

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FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs. Almost four out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 30.5 percent of adults and 13.9 percent of children in 1999-2000, the CDC report noted. Public health experts are concerned that the... Read More


The Surprising Link Between Marriage and Heart Health

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October 10

People in marriages that steadily get sweeter have lower cholesterol and healthier weight than marriages that stay the same, according to a new 16-year study . But both were preferable to marriages that got worse: couples in them were more likely to develop high blood pressure later in life. The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health , isn’t the first to suggest a link between marital quality and heart health . But most research has only looked at relationship satisfaction at one point in time, which makes it tough to determine whether marriage really has a... Read More


A Man's Health May Rely on Health of His Marriage

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HealthDay

October 10

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MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As marriage ebbs and flows, so might the health of your heart, at least for men. A new British study of married fathers found real -- if small -- effects on such cardiovascular risk factors as cholesterol levels, body weight and blood pressure that corresponded to improvement or deterioration in the men's marriages. Those whose marriages seemed to be improving fared better, while the reverse was true for men in worsening marriages. "An apparent link between marriage and health is a consistent finding across many studies, going back as... Read More


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Statins Reduce Deaths from Heart Disease by 28% in Men

Reach MD - Allergy, Asthma and Immunolog

September 08

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Previous research has shown the benefit of statins for reducing high cholesterol and heart disease risk amongst different patient populations. However, until now there has been no conclusive evidence from trials for current guidelines on statin usage for people with very high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (above 190mg/dL) and no established heart disease. After studying mortality over a 20-year period, researchers led by Professor Kausik Ray at Imperial showed that 40mg daily of pravastatin, a relatively weak type of statin, reduced deaths from heart disease in participants by more than a quarter. Senior author Professor Ray from Imperial's... Read More


Out-Of-Pocket Costs Often Keep Pricey New Cholesterol Drugs Out Of Reach

Reach MD - Allergy, Asthma and Immunolog

October 02

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Access to powerful new cholesterol-lowering drugs is so tightly controlled and patients' out-of-pocket costs are so high that fewer than a third of people whose doctors prescribe the drugs get them, a new study found. While highly effective, the new drugs cost as much as $14,000 annually, leading some insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to require doctors to get preapproval for them. For example, only 47.2 percent of people who were prescribed the drugs, Praluent and Repatha, received that insurance green light, and just under two-thirds of those patients filled their prescriptions. In the end, only 30.9 percent of people... Read More