High Cholesterol

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Shoots and Sprouts for Lower Cholesterol

Shoots and sprouts are flavorful additions to a meal that also benefit cholesterol levels and heart health. Learn the best ways to add them to your next meal.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Are You At Risk for High Cholesterol?

You can’t see high cholesterol. You can’t feel it. It doesn’t have any symptoms. Yet it kills 500,000 Americans each year and is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke.

Statins May Cut Heart Attacks in Intermediate-Risk Patients

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may benefit patients at intermediate risk for a heart attack, a large study has found.

By Devon Schuyler

How Do Cholesterol Levels Affect Heart Health?

Having high HDL does not override the increased risk of heart attack and stroke in people with elevated LDL and triglycerides.

By Devon Schuyler

Statin Use May Protect IBD Patients

People with Crohn’s disease are at increased risk for colorectal cancer. Statin drugs to control cholesterol levels may help reduce this risk.

By Monica Smith

Risks of Red Yeast Rice Supplements

You may be risking your health if you take red yeast rice supplements to lower your cholesterol. Here’s why.

By Laurie Saloman, M.S.

Should You Take Statins in Your 80s?

Statins may reduce the risk of heart attacks in people over 75, but these medications have potentially dangerous side effects.

By Devon Schuyler

Are PCSK9 Inhibitors Better Than Statins?

Statins are the medication of choice for reducing LDL cholesterol, but a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, has entered the market.

By Amy Norton

Should You Take a Statin if You're Healthy?

Many people who are healthy but at increased risk of cardiovascular disease should take statins for primary prevention, according to new recommendations.

By Peter Jaret

When to Consider an Alternative to Statins

If your LDL levels remain stubbornly high or you develop intolerable side effects, such as persistent muscle pain, you may be a candidate for other cholesterol-lowering medications.

By HealthAfter50