Statins are the medication of choice for reducing LDL cholesterol, but a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, has entered the market.
Many people who are healthy but at increased risk of cardiovascular disease should take statins for primary prevention, according to new recommendations.
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.
Credit: Thinkstock We’ve come to know high-density lipoproteins (HDL) as the cholesterol “good guys” who get rid of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad guys.” The LDL bad guys earned their nickname from collecting on arterial walls, forming deposi...
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Credit: Thinkstock Carbohydrate counting (a.k.a., “carb counting”) is often recommended for diabetics. However, when following a carb-counting diet, you also can make choices to promote lower cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of heart dis...
Today’s drug research is informed by genomic advances that are contributing to the creation of personalized therapies for many disorders, including high LDL,
These four high-risk groups are most likely to benefit from statin therapy.
Statin medications lower “bad” cholesterol and help ward off heart disease. But the drugs may also have other wide-ranging and sometimes negative effects.
Here’s a statistic that should floor you: One in five American children and teens have abnormal levels of cholesterol. Their LDL or bad cholesterol is too high _or_their HDL or good cholesterol, which has a protective role, is too low (or both).