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
When Ed and I, along with 18 other people, founded an urban commune near Washington, D.C., in 1973, we pooled all of our income. Both Ed... Read more »
Annually, the American Heart Association (AHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) publish the... Read more »
I remember when I was first introduced to the concept of heart plaque. I thought, "Plaque, isn't that the stuff on your teeth?" Since... Read more »
Source: ADAM Encyclopedia
Coronary artery disease (CAD), also called heart disease or ischemic heart disease, results from a complex process known as atherosclerosis (commonly... Read more »