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The strength of statins may correspond to their potential to cause muscular side effects. Strength of statins is tied to incidence of muscular side effects
Date: 2012-08-24 20:51:31

Cholesterol tests can help individuals figure out whether they need to make lifestyle adjustments or take medications in order to improve their cardiovascular health. This includes prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as statins.

Experts have estimated that up to 15 percent of patients who take statins develop muscular side effects, such as pain or weakness. Now, researchers from the University of California, San Diego have found that the incidence of these complications may depend on the potency of these drugs.

This conclusion is based on a review of more than 147,000 reports detailing patients' experiences of muscular side effects while taking statins, collected from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Adverse Event Reporting System.

Results showed that the stronger that statins were, the higher the rates of muscular problems.

"These findings underscore that stronger statins bear higher risk - and should be used with greater caution and circumspection," said investigator Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D.

This research, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is relevant to people who undergo cholesterol tests. Those who have abnormally high levels of cholesterol may want to discuss all of their treatment options with their healthcare providers.

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Young people and high school dropouts less likely to get cholesterol tests Young people and high school dropouts less likely to get cholesterol tests
Date: 2012-09-07 15:53:28

According to a study published in the latest edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, education and age have a significant impact on the chances that an individual will undergo cholesterol testing to check the level of potentially plaque-forming cholesterol in their blood.

"This report highlights specific populations that we could focus on, such as the younger population, those of Hispanic ethnicity, and those who have not attained a high school-level of education," said Kenneth Ong, acting chair of the department of medicine and cardiology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, quoted by HealthDay.

Only 63 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 44 in the study had gotten their cholesterol checked within the past five years, as opposed to almost 90 percent of people more than 45 years old, and 95 percent of individuals over 65. Meanwhile, 83 percent of study participants with a college degree got their cholesterol checked, while only 60 percent of those who didn't finish high school underwent cholesterol testing. While the percent of most races who had their cholesterol examined hovered around the 75 percent mark, about 69 percent of Hispanics took the blood test.

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Red wine has potential health benefits Red wine has potential health benefits
Date: 2012-09-11 20:54:08

Individuals looking to lower the results of their cholesterol tests should consider drinking more red wine, especially non-alcoholic red wine, according to new studies.

The first study, from the Rhode Island and the Miriam hospitals, shows that the blood flow of pigs whose food had been mixed with red wine for seven weeks improved vastly, compared to a group of animals that consumed vodka, and another set of pigs that were not given alcohol. All three groups were fed a diet high in fat.

"There has been previous research touting the benefits of moderate consumption of wine, but we wanted to test the effects of both wine and vodka in conjunction with high cholesterol as those who would be in this at-risk patient population typically have other medical issues, such as high cholesterol" said head researcher Frank Sellke.

High scores on cholesterol tests could indicate a risk of stroke. The same can be said of high blood pressure, which could possibly also be decreased by the polyphenols present in red wine, especially non-alcoholic red wine. Another study from the journal Circulation Research consisted of almost 70 men at high risk for heart disease drinking 30 grams of certain beverages for 28 days. Alcoholic red wine was connected with an only incremental drop in blood pressure, while the benefit of non-alcoholic red wine was shown to be much greater.

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Post-episode monitoring of heart attack patients linked to increased survival rate Post-episode monitoring of heart attack patients linked to increased survival rate
Date: 2012-09-13 15:26:30

Individuals who regularly take cholesterol tests may have a better idea if they're at risk for coronary artery disease, which could lead to a potentially fatal heart attack. A new study from researchers based in the U.K. and Australia says that medical professionals can apply a handful of different methods to help prevent heart attack patients from dying or being readmitted to a hospital soon after their episode.

The information, appearing in Cochrane Systematic Review, was compiled from healthcare records of 6,000 patients participating in 25 clinical trials. The researchers say that case-management intervention and a combination of hospital- and home-based care were effective at preventing patients from dying within a year of their heart attack or being rehospitalized within six months.

Unfavorable results on cholesterol tests do not necessarily mean a heart attack is foregone conclusion, Mayo Clinic states. The nonprofit medical organization says the risk of an acute heart attack can be lessened by exercise, eating less salt, and treating stress and depression. Losing weight, the clinic adds, is the most effective means by which at-risk individuals can protect themselves from heart attack.

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Expert weighs in on McDonald's calorie posting Expert weighs in on McDonald's calorie posting
Date: 2012-09-19 21:27:19

As consumption of too much fast food has been known to lead to individuals receiving bad news from cholesterol tests, McDonald's restaurants announced they would be attaching a calorie list to their menus. Representatives from the company have said they hope customers' ability to better understand the caloric content of menu items may improve their health.

A researcher among the many experts who have commented on the decision by McDonald's, who studies mass media's influence on health habits, applauded the company's decision. However, he noted that the restaurants will need to do more if they're really concerned about their customers' health.

"This important move will not magically solve the obesity epidemic. Calorie-only labels leave out important information about the health and safety of fast food, including the large amount of sodium found in many of McDonald's menu items," said Jeff Niederdeppe, a professor of communication at Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Excess calories can be converted into fat, which contributes to unhealthy amounts of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Smoking, poor exercise habits and high blood pressure also raise the likelihood of unfavorable results from cholesterol testing, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Large thighs linked to failure of hip implants Large thighs linked to failure of hip implants
Date: 2012-09-19 14:04:50

Individuals who display unhealthy levels on cholesterol tests may be more likely to be overweight, which can render standard hip implants useless, according to recent findings from the University of Iowa published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

"We have shown that morbidly obese patients' thighs are so large that they are actually pushing each other outward and forcing the implant out of its socket. The larger your legs are, the more force goes through the hip joint. It's a simple concept," said Jacob Elkins, a University of Iowa grad student and lead author of the study.

After studying nearly 150 survey participants - with body mass indexes ranging from a normal 20 to a morbidly obese 55 - the scientists concluded that the obese individuals were much more likely to have unstable hips. Elkins and his team recommend new surgeries and replacement implants be invented to keep heavier individuals' hips from dislocating.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high scores on cholesterol tests are related to overweight and obesity, but weight problems and risk of hip fractures can be reduced by regular physical activity.

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Swedish scientists say more pacemakers could help heart disease Swedish scientists say more pacemakers could help heart disease
Date: 2012-10-06 20:51:56

Severe heart disease, which can oftentimes be predicted by high results on cholesterol testing reports, is occasionally managed by surgically implanted heart rate regulation devices known as pacemakers. Generally, pacemakers are not administered to individuals whose heart disease is considered mild. However, findings from Karolinska Institutet show that pacemakers could reduce the risk of dying for patients with mild heart disease as much as those with more serious conditions.

Looking at data from the Swedish Heart Failure Registry, researchers found a particular change in electronic heart screenings connected with greater odds of mortality due to the right and left halves of the heart working against each other. Pacemakers, the Swedish scientists say, could be used to get the heart's two halves in sync, which could reduce heart failure deaths.

The connection between unfortunate results from cholesterol testing and heart failure is well known. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that high cholesterol makes individuals twice as likely to experience heart failure than those with a healthy amount of blood cholesterol. Furthermore, 16 percent of U.S. residents have dangerously high cholesterol.

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Cholesterol levels dropping for many Americans Cholesterol levels dropping for many Americans
Date: 2012-10-17 16:37:50
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicates that cholesterol levels, which can be found out with a lab test, are in decline for many Americans, according to Time magazine.... Full Story

Childhood obesity is among adults' biggest worries for kids' health. Sedentary behavior, childhood obesity among adults' biggest concerns for kids
Date: 2012-08-22 14:24:41
The 2012 University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health revealed that the two biggest concerns that adults have for kids' health are a lack of physical activity and the ubiquity of childhood obesity. These findings may have implications for youngsters who undergo a blood test for cardiovascular risk factors.... Full Story

A new study reaffirms the link between family history and heart disease. Study reaffirms link between family history and heart disease
Date: 2012-08-21 15:44:49
In addition to undergoing a lab test to assess the risk of heart disease, an individual may want to consider the impact of factors such as family history. Recently, a team of scientists from Denmark concluded that having a parent or sibling who died young from heart disease is associated with a greater likelihood of developing the condition, as reported by HealthDay.... Full Story

Egg yolks accelerate atherosclerosis almost as badly as smoking does. Study compares egg yolk consumption to smoking
Date: 2012-08-14 13:14:43
Cholesterol testing could help may individuals assess lifestyle factors that may elevate levels of this waxy substance within their arteries. Recently, researchers from the University of Western Ontario discovered that consumption of egg yolks, which are high in cholesterol, is about two-thirds as powerful as smoking in promoting coronary artery disease.... Full Story

Cholesterol levels in American children are improving. Youngsters' cholesterol levels are improving, but need more work
Date: 2012-08-08 14:41:02
The cholesterol levels of children and adolescents in the U.S. have improved over the course of the last two decades, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These findings may be relevant for young patients who undergo cholesterol tests.... Full Story

Nurses who have shift work schedules may be more prone to obesity. Work schedules influence nurses' risk factors for obesity
Date: 2012-08-06 13:19:54
The hours that nurses work may have an impact on their likelihood of developing obesity, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This is worrisome in light of the fact that obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other conditions which may be identified with the help of a blood test.... Full Story

Dangerous cardiac events may be more common among employees who work shift schedules. Dangerous cardiac events may be more common among shift workers
Date: 2012-07-30 14:40:50
Employees who are on shift work schedules may be more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke, compared to individuals who have regular daytime assignments, according to new research. These findings suggest that shift workers may benefit from regular cholesterol tests.... Full Story

Severely obese teens may have cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiovascular risk factors are common among severely obese children
Date: 2012-07-24 13:35:22
About two-thirds of severely obese children have at least one risk factor for poor heart health, according to new research. These findings suggest that parents of kids who have weight problems may want to consider having them undergo a lab test to screen for things such as high cholesterol and elevated blood sugar.... Full Story

Fine measurements of HDL needed to assess heart risk   Fine measurements of HDL needed to assess heart risk
Date: 2012-07-11 16:01:05
Cholesterol tests that measure the quantity of HDL particles, rather than the amount of cholesterol carried by these particles, may deliver a more relevant measure of individuals' cardiovascular risk, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.... Full Story

Algae extract may improve cholesterol levels   New study shows algae extract may improve cholesterol levels
Date: 2012-07-10 15:34:00
A new study indicates that individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may benefit from an extract of algae. The substance has been shown to boost HDL cholesterol levels.... Full Story

Group highlights importance of heart disease prevention   Group highlights importance of heart disease prevention
Date: 2012-07-09 15:27:57
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may want to take steps to prevent their condition from progressing to heart disease. A new report states that prevention of heart disease is typically easier than treatment.... Full Story

Strawberries may boost heart health Strawberries may boost heart health
Date: 2012-07-09 07:58:28
A team of researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK is calling strawberries the new superfruit following a study in which they showed that the berries provide significant support for heart health. This may benefit individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results.... Full Story

Agency rules soy has limited cholesterol benefits   Agency rules soy has limited cholesterol benefits
Date: 2012-07-06 08:03:18
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may be tempted to use soy products, which often promote beneficial effects on heart health. However, a European agency has ruled that the evidence for these claims is lacking, and soy products may not have the cholesterol-lowering effects manufacturers often claim.... Full Story

New study explains why fatty foods lead to high cholesterol   New study explains why fatty foods lead to high cholesterol
Date: 2012-06-28 15:22:00
A high-fat diet is generally recognized as being a risk factor for receiving unhealthy cholesterol test results. However, the reasons for this association are not exactly clear. A new study may help to clarify the situation.... Full Story

Statins effective in women, study finds Statins effective in women, study finds
Date: 2012-06-27 15:24:57
Most patients who receive unhealthy cholesterol test results are advised to take statin medications to lower their cholesterol levels. New research indicates that this therapy approach is equally effective in men and women.... Full Story

New study proves benefit of combination therapies for treating high cholesterol   New study proves benefit of combination therapies for treating high cholesterol
Date: 2012-06-26 15:21:46
Individuals who receive unhealthy cholesterol test results are typically given a prescription for a statin medication. New research indicates that taking more than one type of statin could have added benefits.... Full Story

Gastric bypass leads to sustained improvements in cholesterol   Gastric bypass leads to sustained improvements in cholesterol
Date: 2012-06-22 15:17:45
Gastric bypass surgery may benefit individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results. New research indicates that most patients who undergo these operations make major sustained improvements in several measures of heart health.... Full Story

Researchers identify antioxidant that boosts heart health   Researchers identify antioxidant that boosts heart health
Date: 2012-06-20 14:56:48
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests indicating they have low levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol, a naturally occurring antioxidant may help significantly reduce the risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study out of the University of Minnesota.... Full Story

Statins may cause fatigue   Statins may cause fatigue
Date: 2012-06-19 15:37:19
Many people who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results are given a prescription for statin medications by their doctor. However, new evidence has linked these drugs to an increased risk of experiencing significant fatigue.... Full Story

Few people receive cholesterol testing, study shows   Few people receive cholesterol testing, study shows
Date: 2012-06-18 15:42:50
Millions of people do not receive the kind of preventive health services they need, including cholesterol testing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Full Story

Expert recommends men pay more attention to heart health   Expert recommends men pay more attention to heart health
Date: 2012-06-15 14:51:12
Men should consider seeking cholesterol testing and other measures of heart health to ensure that they do not have cardiovascular risk factors, according to one expert from New York University.... Full Story

Low-carb diets may increase cholesterol levels   Low-carb diets may increase cholesterol levels
Date: 2012-06-12 15:39:05
Individuals who are on low-carb diets may want to consider cholesterol testing, as new evidence has linked this common weight loss strategy to elevations in blood lipid levels.... Full Story

Group urges men to seek preventive care Group urges men to seek preventive care
Date: 2012-06-08 15:49:56
Most conditions can be treated effectively when they are diagnosed in their early stages. However, letting illness progress can lead to devastating health consequences. Experts from Kaiser Permanente are urging individuals to get themselves tested for a range of conditions.... Full Story

New study shows fish lowers cholesterol levels   New study shows fish lowers cholesterol levels
Date: 2012-06-05 15:52:14
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, eating more fish could lead to significantly improved heart health. A new study has found that eating hake may particularly improve cholesterol levels.... Full Story

Exercise may worsen heart health in some people Exercise may worsen heart health in some people
Date: 2012-06-04 16:14:22
Following an unhealthy cholesterol test, patients are often advised by their doctor to get more exercise. However, new evidence suggests that this recommendation may actually lead to worsening heart health for some patients.... Full Story

A complete lipid profile is important in cholesterol testing   A complete lipid profile is important in cholesterol testing
Date: 2012-06-01 16:02:31
Cholesterol testing that reveals a patient's complete lipid profile may be more important than screening for total cholesterol levels. A new study has shown that people who have normal total cholesterol numbers may still be at risk of developing heart disease.... Full Story

Calcium supplements linked to increased heart risk   Calcium supplements linked to increased heart risk
Date: 2012-05-25 15:54:23
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may want to exercise caution when considering taking calcium supplements. New research suggests that these products may raise the risk of experiencing a heart attack. This could compound the already high cardiovascular risk of people with elevated cholesterol.... Full Story

Exercise does not improve cholesterol levels in liver disease patients   Exercise does not improve cholesterol levels in liver disease patients
Date: 2012-05-24 16:29:43
Exercise may not necessarily improve cholesterol test scores in obese individuals who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a new study published in the journal Hepatology.... Full Story

Statins improve stroke treatment outcomes   Statins improve stroke treatment outcomes
Date: 2012-05-22 15:52:47
Millions of people who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results are prescribed statin medications. New research indicates that these drugs may improve the recovery of patients who have suffered strokes.... Full Story

Many teens have cardiovascular risk factors   Many teens have cardiovascular risk factors
Date: 2012-05-21 16:08:55
Obese young people may benefit from cholesterol testing, as new research indicates that many of these individuals have severe cardiovascular risk factors that, if left untreated, could lead to major heart health problems later in life.... Full Story

Good cholesterol may not be so beneficial   Good cholesterol may not be so beneficial
Date: 2012-05-21 08:03:23
Doctors typically view cholesterol test results that reveal high levels of HDL cholesterol as a good thing. However, new evidence calls into question the assumption that these molecules promote heart health.... Full Story

Statins benefit low-risk patients, study finds   Statins benefit low-risk patients, study finds
Date: 2012-05-18 07:33:28
Most individuals may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin medications, even if their cholesterol test results indicate they only face a marginal heart attack or stroke risk, according to a new study.... Full Story

Poor medication adherence sends cholesterol patients to the hospital   Poor medication adherence sends cholesterol patients to the hospital
Date: 2012-05-11 15:57:47
Many patients who receive unhealthy cholesterol test results are given prescriptions for statin medications. However, a new study suggests that a significant percentage of these individuals stop taking their drugs without a physician's orders and that this can have serious consequences.... Full Story

High HDL cholesterol is not always a good thing, researchers say   High HDL cholesterol is not always a good thing, researchers say
Date: 2012-05-08 16:03:33
Doctors commonly recommend that patients strive to boost their HDL cholesterol test scores. This type of lipid is generally seen as beneficial and higher levels have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. However, a new study out of the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that this may not always be the case.... Full Story

Diet rich in fish may support heart health, experts say   Diet rich in fish may support heart health, experts say
Date: 2012-05-04 16:03:02
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, eating more fish may help them improve their heart health and avoid cardiovascular disease, according to a group of experts.... Full Story

Experts split over best cholesterol testing method   Experts split over best cholesterol testing method
Date: 2012-05-01 16:09:44
There is general consensus that cholesterol testing plays an important role in managing a person's heart health. However, experts continue to disagree about which types of screening methods are the most effective.... Full Story

New study shows chocolate may lower cholesterol levels  New study shows chocolate may lower cholesterol levels
Date: 2012-04-26 11:11:13
It may sound too good to be true, but a daily serving of dark chocolate may have strong cardiovascular benefits for individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, according to a new study.... Full Story

Americans' cholesterol levels show signs of dropping   Americans' cholesterol levels show signs of dropping
Date: 2012-04-25 16:12:03
Average cholesterol levels are declining in the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cholesterol testing initiatives may have played a role in the improvement.... Full Story

Eggs may actually improve cholesterol test scores   Eggs may actually improve cholesterol test scores
Date: 2012-04-24 16:37:46
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results have likely been warned to avoid eating eggs. The food is very high in cholesterol, which may compound any heart health problems. However, new research suggests that eggs may actually be good for people with metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized in part by high cholesterol.... Full Story

Treating high cholesterol early may lead to better results   Treating high cholesterol early may lead to better results
Date: 2012-04-23 16:11:23
Most people who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests in the past are not advised to take steps to lower their cholesterol until they are at a relatively advanced age. However, a new study suggests that starting such preventive measures at an early age may deliver better results.... Full Story

Fat outside the arteries may be just as dangerous as inside   Fat outside the arteries may be just as dangerous as inside
Date: 2012-04-20 15:57:54
Cholesterol tests that reveal high levels of fat in the arteries are not all that matters when it comes developing atherosclerosis. A new study has found that fat surrounding key arteries may also play an important role in the development of heart disease.... Full Story

Certain foods have major cholesterol-lowering properties, study shows   Certain foods have major cholesterol-lowering properties, study shows
Date: 2012-04-19 15:53:54
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, adding more foods to their diet that have proven cholesterol-lowering properties may be more effective than simply reducing saturated fat consumption, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.... Full Story

Many people lack understanding of the dangers of cholesterol   Many people lack understanding of the dangers of cholesterol
Date: 2012-04-18 15:55:46
Cholesterol testing can play an important role in supporting overall health, but many people who are at risk for cardiovascular complications do not pursue this screening because they have a lack of understanding of how cholesterol affects their well-being. Individuals should improve their knowledge about the dangers of cholesterol in order to support well-being, experts say.... Full Story

Cholesterol drugs may contribute to kidney disease   Cholesterol drugs may contribute to kidney disease
Date: 2012-04-17 15:55:12
Following an unhealthy cholesterol test, many older patients are given fibrates, which are common medications used to lower cholesterol. However, new research indicates that these drugs may also harm kidney function.... Full Story

Statins may not be appropriate for all people with high cholesterol   Statins may not be appropriate for all people with high cholesterol
Date: 2012-04-16 16:06:06
Millions of people in the U.S. have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, which puts them at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Many of these individuals are given a prescription for statin medications, but one expert thinks this should not necessarily be the automatic treatment for all patients with high cholesterol.... Full Story

Research suggests nothing beats a fiber-rich diet for lowering cholesterol   Research suggests nothing beats a fiber-rich diet for lowering cholesterol
Date: 2012-04-13 15:45:35
There are a number of ways individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may be able to improve their heart health. There are always statin medications, which have been proven to be a safe and effective way to manage cholesterol. However, individuals may want to start with some dietary improvements.... Full Story

People who eat nuts tend to have lower cholesterol, study finds   People who eat nuts tend to have lower cholesterol, study finds
Date: 2012-04-12 16:00:52
Eating more tree nuts could play an important role in the diets of individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results. New research has linked consumption of nuts to lower cholesterol and generally improved heart health.... Full Story

Statins should be considered for primary heart disease prevention, experts say   Statins should be considered for primary heart disease prevention, experts say
Date: 2012-04-11 16:00:27
For individuals who have received even moderately unhealthy cholesterol test results, statin medications should be considered the primary method of preventing heart disease, according to a new commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.... Full Story

Low activity levels may put women at risk for metabolic syndrome   Low activity levels may put women at risk for metabolic syndrome
Date: 2012-04-10 16:04:13
Many women may be at risk for receiving unhealthy cholesterol test results and being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome due to low levels of physical activity, according to a new study published in the journal Preventive Medicine.... Full Story

Statins may reverse early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease  Statins may reverse early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
Date: 2012-04-06 15:52:38
Many people who receive unhealthy cholesterol test results are prescribed statin medications by their physician. New evidence suggests that this treatment, in addition to lowering cholesterol, may also reduce a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.... Full Story

New medications still fail to live up to healthy lifestyles, expert says   New medications still fail to live up to healthy lifestyles, expert says
Date: 2012-04-04 16:02:52
There has been a lot of talk lately about cholesterol-lowering medications. Recent breakthroughs have provided promise of major new drugs that could benefit individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests. However, one expert says that the benefits of the most powerful drugs imaginable are still not as strong as simple lifestyle improvements.... Full Story

Caring for family member with cancer may increase heart health risk factors
Date: 2012-04-03 15:58:23
Individuals who are caring for a family member with cancer may want to consider seeking cholesterol testing for themselves. New research has found that these individuals experience high rates of coronary artery disease and stroke.... Full Story

New options being introduced to lower cholesterol  New options being introduced to lower cholesterol
Date: 2012-04-02 15:48:55
For years, individuals who had received unhealthy cholesterol tests only had one or two pharmaceutical options for bringing their numbers down to a normal range. However, this is no longer the case. Developments in the cholesterol drug world are helping to open up many new choices.... Full Story

Stopping statin therapy increases cardiovascular risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients   Stopping statin therapy increases cardiovascular risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients
Date: 2012-03-29 15:27:14
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results and are taking statin medications may not want to suddenly stop treatment, particularly if they have rheumatoid arthritis. New evidence suggests that doing so may increase the risk of cardiovascular death in these patients.... Full Story

Lowering cholesterol early in life may have benefits later in adulthood   Lowering cholesterol early in life may have benefits later in adulthood
Date: 2012-03-27 15:57:41
Individuals may not want to wait to receive an unhealthy cholesterol test result to start taking steps to improve their heart health. New research suggests that individuals who lower their cholesterol early in life are significantly less likely to develop heart disease.... Full Story

Sleeping problems linked to heart health complications
Date: 2012-03-26 16:13:28
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, it may be a good idea to make sure to get a good night's sleep. New research suggests that sleeping too much or too little may be linked to an increased chance of developing heart health complications. This may be particularly dangerous for individuals with preexisting cardiovascular risk factors.... Full Story

Report predicts growth in cholesterol testing   Report predicts growth in cholesterol testing
Date: 2012-03-23 15:46:56
Given the high number of people who struggle with poor heart health, the number of people who receive cholesterol tests could explode over the course of the next five years, according to a new report from market research company Global Industry Analysts.... Full Story

Researchers confirm benefits of new cholesterol-lowering medication   Researchers confirm benefits of new cholesterol-lowering medication
Date: 2012-03-22 15:53:09
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests, statin medications are widely considered the standard treatment. However, a team of researchers have developed a drug that may deliver better results than statins while carrying a lower risk of side effects.... Full Story

New study suggests statins may offer protection from Parkinson's disease   New study suggests statins may offer protection from Parkinson's disease
Date: 2012-03-21 16:02:46
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results and are currently taking statin medications may be less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a new study published in the Archives of Neurology.... Full Story

New study shows statins reduce pneumonia risk   New study shows statins reduce pneumonia risk
Date: 2012-03-20 15:58:39
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results are given a prescription for a statin medication. These drugs have been shown to powerfully lower cholesterol levels. Now, new research indicates that they may also reduce a person's chances of developing pneumonia.... Full Story

Fewer cardiovascular risk factors linked to lower death risk   Fewer cardiovascular risk factors linked to lower death risk
Date: 2012-03-19 15:55:31
Cholesterol testing should play an important role in individual's overall wellness strategy. A new study suggests that unhealthy cholesterol, as well as other cardiovascular metrics, may be linked a greater risk of early death.... Full Story

New study draws connection between psoriasis and heart health risk  New study draws connection between psoriasis and heart health risk
Date: 2012-03-16 16:00:07
Individuals who have received unhealthy lab tests regarding their cardiovascular condition may want to pay attention to any symptoms of psoriasis. New evidence suggests that the two areas of health may be linked and successfully treating one may benefit the other.... Full Story

New study links poor night's sleep to overeating
Date: 2012-03-15 16:02:06
Difficulty sleeping may lead to unhealthy cholesterol test results, as a new study has shown that individuals who lose sleep at night are more likely to overeat. Excessive calorie consumption could lead to obesity and heart disease.... Full Story

Low-carb diets improve heart health, researchers say   Low-carb diets improve heart health, researchers say
Date: 2012-03-14 16:17:21
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test scores and need to lose weight, a low-carb diet may be the best method. New research indicates that this diet results in significant weight loss while improving heart health.... Full Story

Soda consumption linked to unhealthy cholesterol tests and heart disease   Soda consumption linked to unhealthy cholesterol tests and heart disease
Date: 2012-03-13 15:52:48
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages like soda everyday may lead to worse cholesterol tests for men. A new study has shown that individuals who consume these drinks on a daily basis are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease.... Full Story

Experts recommend cholesterol testing   Experts recommend cholesterol testing
Date: 2012-03-12 16:00:50
When heart disease is treated early, it tends to have a more favorable prognosis. This is why experts commonly recommend that individuals receive cholesterol testing to have their heart health checked and to give physicians a chance to treat problems in their early stages.... Full Story

FDA considers making prescription drugs more widely available   FDA considers making prescription drugs more widely available
Date: 2012-03-09 17:05:43
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results, it may soon become easier to get the medications they need to treat their condition. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it is considering making a number of common prescriptions available over the counter.... Full Story

Losing an hour to daylight savings time may jeopardize individuals' heart health   Losing an hour to daylight savings time may jeopardize individuals' heart health
Date: 2012-03-08 16:46:51
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results in the past may want to exercise caution this weekend around daylight savings time. One expert says that heart attacks spike during this time of year.... Full Story

Bans on trans fat mean healthier cholesterol test results  Bans on trans fat mean healthier cholesterol test results
Date: 2012-03-05 16:44:36
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests, it is important to stay away from certain foods and ingredients that can worsen their heart health, such as trans fat. Fortunately, some cities are trying to make it easier to keep trans fat out of their diet by instituting city-wide bans.... Full Story

Maintaining heart health early in life pays off later  Maintaining heart health early in life pays off later
Date: 2012-03-02 14:08:55
Individuals who develop healthy lifestyles during early adulthood may be significantly less likely to receive unhealthy cholesterol test results later in life. A new study has found that the decisions a person makes while they are young impact their risk of cardiovascular disease in middle age.... Full Story

Nutrient in poultry may benefit women with high cholesterol   Nutrient in poultry may benefit women with high cholesterol
Date: 2012-03-01 17:00:17
A nutrient found in the dark meat of poultry and some seafood may provide cardiovascular protection for women who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests, according to a new study.... Full Story

Cold-weather activities increase heart risk   Cold-weather activities increase heart risk
Date: 2012-02-29 17:00:04
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may want to avoid excessive outdoor activity for the remainder of the winter. New evidence suggest that this may be dangerous for people with cardiovascular risk factors.... Full Story

Soy lowers cholesterol levels in more people than previously believed   Soy lowers cholesterol levels in more people than previously believed
Date: 2012-02-28 16:49:41
Just about everyone may be able to improve their cholesterol test scores by getting more soy into their diet, according to a new study that contradicts prior knowledge about the effects of soy on cholesterol levels.... Full Story

Statins may reduce depression risk   Statins may reduce depression risk
Date: 2012-02-24 17:05:08
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results are advised to take statin medications. However, new evidence suggests that these drugs may benefit more than just those at risk for heart disease.... Full Story

New study uncovers association between BPA and heart disease  New study uncovers association between BPA and heart disease
Date: 2012-02-23 16:45:53
Individuals who have been exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) throughout their lives may benefit from cholesterol testing. New evidence suggests that this common chemical may predispose a person to developing heart disease.... Full Story

Family history important in evaluating heart disease risk   Family history important in evaluating heart disease risk
Date: 2012-02-22 17:04:07
In addition to providing cholesterol testing, doctors should inquire about their patients' family history to determine their long-term risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.... Full Story

Pregnancy complications may predict heart disease risk   Pregnancy complications may predict heart disease risk
Date: 2012-02-21 17:15:25
Women who experienced certain health complications during their pregnancy may benefit from talking to their doctor about cholesterol testing. A new study indicates that these individuals may face a higher lifetime risk of heart diseases.... Full Story

Dietary counseling helps children lower cholesterol   Dietary counseling helps children lower cholesterol
Date: 2012-02-17 17:10:03
Recently, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute issued recommendations suggesting that children undergo regular cholesterol testing. This cause a significant amount of controversy, as some groups expressed the opinion that this may lead to undue worry on the part of their parents.... Full Story

Researchers devise new test to examine stroke risk   Researchers devise new test to examine stroke risk
Date: 2012-02-16 17:02:44
A cholesterol test is generally thought of as one of the most important methods of screening a person for stroke risk. However, a new study suggests that even simpler methods may be just as useful.... Full Story

B vitamin improves cholesterol numbers   B vitamin improves cholesterol numbers
Date: 2012-02-15 16:54:16
B vitamins have long been thought to improve heart health. Niacin has been shown to improve homocystein test scores, which may reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Now, a new study indicates that a related vitamin may boost a person's cardiovascular condition in a different way.... Full Story

Valentine's Day may be good for the heart   Valentine's Day may be good for the heart
Date: 2012-02-14 16:51:18
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests, indulging in one of the pillars of Valentine's Day may help support a healthy heart. One expert says that consuming dark chocolate can have a range of cardiovascular benefits.... Full Story

Consumption of trans fat declines  Consumption of trans fat declines
Date: 2012-02-13 17:04:25
The amount of trans fat found in the average American's blood is decreasing, according to a new report. The situation could have a positive impact on the cholesterol test scores of many people.... Full Story

Heart disease may increase prostate cancer risk   Heart disease may increase prostate cancer risk
Date: 2012-02-09 16:39:48
Men who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may benefit from speaking to their physician about their risk of prostate cancer, as well. A new study indicates that individuals with heart disease may also be more likely to develop prostate cancer.... Full Story

Changes in fitness and weight linked to worsening cholesterol   Changes in fitness and weight linked to worsening cholesterol
Date: 2012-02-08 17:00:41
Maintaining physical fitness and avoiding excessive weight gain may be among the best ways to support heart health and avoid receiving unhealthy cholesterol test results, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.... Full Story

Experts argue against childhood cholesterol testing   Experts argue against childhood cholesterol testing
Date: 2012-02-07 16:46:32
Toward the end of last year, federal agencies recommended that all children receive cholesterol testing at some point. The idea behind this recommendation is to spot the small number of young people who will prematurely develop heart disease.... Full Story

Patients should talk to their doctors about their cholesterol levels  Patients should talk to their doctors about their cholesterol levels
Date: 2012-02-06 16:46:51
Experts say that individuals should talk to their doctor about cholesterol testing as understanding one's cardiovascular risk factors is key to improving them and avoiding potentially serious health complications.... Full Story

Triglycerides more closely related to stroke risk than LDL cholesterol, study finds   Triglycerides more closely related to stroke risk than LDL cholesterol, study finds
Date: 2012-02-03 17:02:07
A simple cholesterol test may not be all there is to assessing stroke risk in post-menopausal women. A new study suggest that the type of cholesterol a person has may be most important.... Full Story

Online cholesterol drug retailers offer little information on side effects   Online cholesterol drug retailers offer little information on side effects
Date: 2012-02-02 17:01:01
After receiving unhealthy cholesterol test results, many individuals are given a prescription for statins. It is often possible to find these medication online at a lower cost than at traditional pharmacies. However, a new study suggests that doing business with these sites may be risky.... Full Story

Diet soda may increase heart attack and stroke risk   Diet soda may increase heart attack and stroke risk
Date: 2012-02-01 16:47:38
Individuals who regularly drink diet soda may benefit from talking to their doctor about cholesterol testing. A new study suggests that those who rely on these beverages may be more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.... Full Story

Minor risk factors lead to major heart problems   Minor risk factors lead to major heart problems
Date: 2012-01-26 16:46:55
Unhealthy cholesterol test results alone are generally not enough for a person to be considered at risk for experiencing a heart attack or stroke in the near term. However, new research suggests that one or two minor cardiovascular risk factors may increase a person's odds of heart complications over the long-term.... Full Story

Fructose linked to heart disease risk in children   Fructose linked to heart disease risk in children
Date: 2012-01-25 16:59:39
Consuming high levels of fructose - particularly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup - may put adolescents at risk for receiving unhealthy cholesterol tests, according to a new study, which suggests that the sugar increase a young person's risk of developing heart disease later in life.... Full Story

Researchers explain how immune system contributes to artery blockage  Researchers explain how immune system contributes to artery blockage
Date: 2012-01-24 16:45:04
The accumulation of plaque in the arteries associated with unhealthy cholesterol tests may significantly increase a person's risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. But why does this plaque accumulate in the first place?... Full Story

Statins may increase diabetes risk   Statins may increase diabetes risk
Date: 2012-01-23 16:53:44
Statin medication may significantly improve a woman's cholesterol test scores, but the drugs may also increase her risk of being diagnosed with diabetes, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.... Full Story

Poorer smokers less likely to quit  Poorer smokers less likely to quit
Date: 2012-01-23 16:25:27
Smoking is known to be linked to unhealthy cholesterol tests as well as a number of other cardiovascular risk factors. Quitting smoking may be one of the best ways for an individual to improve their heart health, but a new study suggests that some individuals may need more help than others.... Full Story

Experts say cholesterol treatment guidelines need update   Experts say cholesterol treatment guidelines need update
Date: 2012-01-19 16:52:44
Just because a person receives unhealthy cholesterol test results does not mean they necessarily require cholesterol treatments, according to a new report published in the journal Circulation, Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.... Full Story

Experts urge greater fiber consumption   Experts urge greater fiber consumption
Date: 2012-01-18 17:00:59
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may benefit from getting more fiber in their diet, as a team of experts is warning that far too many fail to consume adequate amounts of this heart-healthy nutrient.... Full Story

Alcohol and nutrients explain heart health benefits of red wine   Alcohol and nutrients explain heart health benefits of red wine
Date: 2012-01-17 17:04:41
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results have been advised to drink red wine in moderation. Numerous studies have shown that this beverage has positive effects on heart health. However, these studies have largely been unable to determine if the cardiovascular effects of red wine can be attributed to its alcohol content or its micronutrients.... Full Story

Office workers lead sedentary lifestyles   Office workers lead sedentary lifestyles
Date: 2012-01-16 16:57:25
Many office workers may be at a high risk of receiving unhealthy cholesterol test results or developing other cardiovascular risk factors. A new study indicates that very few individuals who do desk work meet recommendations for physical activity.... Full Story

Experts reaffirm that B vitamins may lower heart risk   Experts reaffirm that B vitamins may lower heart risk
Date: 2012-01-13 16:50:15
For individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results and have other cardiovascular risk factors, B vitamin supplements were once prescribed to lower their risk. This therapy has fallen out of favor in recent years, but a pair of researchers is now saying it may still have value.... Full Story

Not all trans fat has same affect on cholesterol   Not all trans fat has same affect on cholesterol
Date: 2012-01-12 17:10:54
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results are advised against eating any type of trans fat. However, a new study indicates that it may be safe for them to consume the fat in certain forms.... Full Story

Statin prices 400 percent higher in the U.S., study finds   Statin prices 400 percent higher in the U.S., study finds
Date: 2012-01-11 16:38:53
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results are forced to purchase statin medications to bring their cholesterol back to within normal levels. However, those who purchase these drugs in the U.S. may be paying significantly more than patients in other countries.... Full Story

Heart attack risk increases after losing loved one  Heart attack risk increases after losing loved one
Date: 2012-01-10 16:59:32
Individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may want to pay extra condition to their cardiovascular health in the days and weeks following the death of a loved one, as new research indicates that a person's risk of suffering a heart attack while they are in bereavement is considerably elevated.... Full Story

New study explains anti-clotting effect of statins   New study explains anti-clotting effect of statins
Date: 2012-01-04 16:57:29
Many individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol tests may take statin medications. A new study indicates that these drugs may have more benefits for a person's heart health than simply lowering cholesterol.... Full Story

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