Unhealthy cholesterol levels (low HDL, high LDL, and high triglycerides) increase the risk for heart disease and heart attack. Some risk factors for cholesterol can be controlled (diet, exercise, weight) while others cannot (age, gender, and family history).
From puberty on, men tend to have lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels than women. One reason is that the female sex hormone estrogen is associated with higher HDL levels. Because of this, premenopausal women...Read more
Patty, a 42-year old, slender executive assistant, has already had one carotid surgery. At age 41, her doctor detected an abnormal sound (a... Read more »
Our body's lipids such as triglycerides and cholesterol are insoluble in circulating plasma (the fluid component of our blood.) In order... Read more »
It seems that almost every day I read a new article about how to "aggressively" treat people who are considered high-risk for heart... Read more »
In the last blog post, I described the experiences of Patty and Karen, two women in their 40s who had to undergo major procedures for their... Read more »