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Research: Insurance key to statin use among at-risk Hispanics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Having health insurance is a key predictor of whether Hispanics at high risk for heart disease use cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

It is one of the first studies to document differences in the […]

March 30th, 2016|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Research: Insurance key to statin use among at-risk Hispanics

New drugs slash bad cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances in 2015 as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

The blockbuster drugs known as statins are teaming with a new medication to lower the level of bad LDL […]

Two studies support cholesterol guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The latest cholesterol guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are more accurate in determining who should take statins to lower their risk of heart attack and stroke, and are also beneficial when it comes to healthcare costs, according to […]

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , |2 Comments

Poor response to cholesterol drugs may indicate blocked arteries

If your “bad” cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Low density lipoprotein cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because […]

February 26th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Football legend Kurt Warner manages his cholesterol risk like a pro

Kurt Warner was in the middle of his professional football career when a routine annual physical revealed some unsettling results.

The Super Bowl winner and two-time NFL MVP had high cholesterol.

“It was a shock,” Kurt Warner said, adding that he believed cholesterol was based only on diet and exercise.

Warner, along […]

September 17th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Football legend Kurt Warner manages his cholesterol risk like a pro

About 12.8 million more adults eligible for discussions with their physicians to determine if statins are appropriate treatment

About 12.8 million more adults would be eligible for statin drugs under new guidelines designed to help doctors prescribe the cholesterol-lowering therapies, which should lead to risk discussions with their physicians to determine if it is an appropriate treatment, say guideline writers and the American Heart Association.

The 12.8 million […]

Guidelines set approach for adults with chronic kidney disease

Recent guidelines for managing cholesterol  in people with chronic kidney disease recommend that doctors decide which drugs to prescribe on the basis of patients’ overall risk of coronary events, not just on their low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol levels.

Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes released the guidelines in November and say […]