The Victorian proverb touting the health benefits of daily apple consumption has data to support it, British researchers say. And cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do, too. People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and take statins when directed would be healthier still.
November 18, 2013 Updated just last week by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the new guidelines are based on old data, some heart doctors say, and may overestimate the real risk of heart attack and stroke. That could result in overtreatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs.
November 12, 2013 For decades, knowing your cholesterol number was the first step in preventing heart disease and stroke. Heart specialists would shift away from specific cholesterol targets under new guidelines. A risk-based approach tailored to each patient would become the new norm.
April 3, 2013 A study of statin use in the real world found that 17 percent of patients taking the pills reported side effects, including muscle pain, nausea, and problems with their liver or nervous system. Many of those people quit taking the pills, at least temporarily.
November 13, 2012 For most people, a nonfasting cholesterol test will do just fine, a Canadian study suggests. A meal beforehand is unlikely to change key ratios of fats in the blood that doctors use to assess a person's risk for heart disease and stroke.
February 7, 2012 KHNNew federal guidelines say every child should be screened for high cholesterol once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21. The testing aims to find kids with extremely high cholesterol caused by a genetic condition. But the testing will find others whose cholesterol may not need treatment.
December 1, 2011 Two new generic brands of cholesterol-lowering medication threaten sales to Pfizer's number one selling drug — Lipitor. Good news? More people can afford it now.
November 11, 2011 One more needle stick: Children will now need a cholesterol test before they turn 12. Blame rising obesity rates for that. The goal is to find children with high cholesterol and treat them, mostly with diet and exercise, to reduce the risk of heart disease as adults.
October 31, 2011 A Food and Drug Administration analysis shows a drop in heart attacks and strokes among people taking Vytorin in the early stages of chronic kidney disease, before they need dialysis.
August 23, 2011 A Journal of the American Medical Association study published today found that people with high cholesterol who followed diets rich in soy, nuts, and plant sterols reduced their bad cholesterol levels significantly.
June 22, 2011 People taking high doses of statins were more likely to develop diabetes than those taking moderate doses of the drugs. The increase amounted to 2 additional cases of diabetes per 1,000 patients taking high doses of the medicines compared with those getting lower doses.