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Cholesterol

Cholesterol.  I attended a lecture recently from a well-known local cardiologist specializing in cholesterol.  Here are the “pearls” from the talk. What is cholesterol?  Cholesterol are lipids that are carried on particles.  A cholesterol panel estimates what kinds of particles … Continue reading

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Men, do you know your cholesterol level?

Men, do you know your cholesterol level?  There was a recent lipid (cholesterol) guideline released by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association which showed that men with a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) component of cholesterol of at least 190 benefit … Continue reading

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Non-alcoholic fatty liver, an epidemic

Did you know that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most frequent cause of chronic liver disease in the US and around the world?  Yes!  It is.  Researchers think that nearly one-third of Americans has this disease.  There is … Continue reading

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Can red-yeast rice be taken instead of a statin drug?

Not really.  Here in the United States, the red-yeast rice extract that contains naturally-occurring lovastatin (a statin drug) is not FDA approved. In contrast, in China red-yeast rice is a common dietary and medicinal product.  Their red-yeast rice contains a wide range of … Continue reading

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Do you need to fast before cholesterol lab?

No…  but, occasionally yes.  A study of over 209,000 cholesterol labs found that if we are only looking at total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, that patients do NOT need to fast.  The triglycerides (another part of the cholesterol/lipid panel) will … Continue reading

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When (and which) can we stop doing screening tests?

I am often asked ” Do I still need. . . . mammograms? pap smears? prostate screening?” These are good questions. this depends on the patient’s current quality of life and life expectancy. Female cancers that are routinely screened for … Continue reading

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Cholesterol Mythbuster

Researchers have been looking into the thought that raising HDL (the good cholesterol) levels will decrease cardiovascular events (like heart attack and stroke). But, “say it ain’t so!”… the NIH study of over 3,400 patients showed no impact on major … Continue reading

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Is statin therapy (cholesterol lowering medicine) effective in preventing cardiac events?

Yes!  The pooled data from many studies showed that more intensive statin therapy (higher medicine dose with resulting lower cholesterol levels) was more effective than less intensive statin therapy in reducing the rate of major cardiovascular events (heart attack and … Continue reading

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Do statin drugs reduce all-cause mortality in patients with high LDL?

Yes!  Let me explain this.  When your doctor checks your cholesterol lab work and says “Your bad cholesterol level is high.”  That means that the LDL cholesterol is elevated.  LDL is bad.  Period. Statin drugs can be used for all … Continue reading

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70 is the new 100!

What?  There are new guidelines on lowering cholesterol.  We have, for years, targeted  LDL (the bad cholesterol) to be under 100 in at-risk patients.  Now, the LDL target number is under 70! An LDL below 70 mg/dL should be the … Continue reading

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