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Should You Worry About Your LDL Cholesterol Level?

High LDL cholesterol levels are thought to be a serious heart risk factor, but up to a certain level, LDL is really a good guy. This fatty substance produced in the liver performs absolutely essential functions in the body, as it’s a major part of the membranes surrounding cells and the structures…

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Heart Risk Factors for Women Versus Men

…vessels before it can do its damage. Volumes of data have shown that a high LDL is a powerful risk factor for heart disease in men. But for women, the story is different. Recent research indicates that a low HDL, not a high LDL, is the more significant risk factor for a woman to develop heart disease…

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Dr. Sinatra Book: Arthritis Interrupted

…cause: inflammation. Inflammation is a culprit behind the myriad faces of heart disease: * high blood pressure levels; * cardiac arrhythmias; * high LDL cholesterol levels; * high triglycerides; * elevated L(p)a; and * heart attack and stroke….just to name a few. The medical suffix “--itis” literally…

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Know Your Risk Factors

…your own approach to address as many modifiable risk factors as possible. What Are the Alzheimer's Risk Factors? * High blood pressure * Diabetes * High LDL cholesterol levels * Age * History of stroke * Head trauma Our age and genetics are factors that are not within your control. In fact, most experts…

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Cardiovascular Benefits of L-Arginine

…involved in maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels. Research has also shown that the health benefits of L-arginine may be helpful for people with high LDL cholesterol levels and for men who suffer from impotence. Here’s a cardiovascular nutrition tip: Good sources of L-arginine include nuts, especially…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…instability at the same time—baby aspirin and statin therapy. And, as much as I strongly disagree with the use of statin therapy for treating isolated high LDL cholesterol levels when heart disease is not apparent, I endorse statin therapy in situations where direct measures need to be taken to limit inflammation…

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New Statin Medication Guidelines May Double Use

…people with this genetic variant who have extremely high cholesterol levels and live well into their 80s and 90s. It doesn't make sense to treat a high LDL number in the absence of this genetic situation. So this statement about treating LDL cholesterol over 190 has minimal validity. Statin Medication…

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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

…particles than HDL-3. * Not all LDL cholesterol is “bad.” As with HDL cholesterol, there are several subtypes of LDL cholesterol. You can have high LDL cholesterol numbers, but if it’s mostly LDL-A—which is a buoyant, fluffy molecule—it’s absolutely harmless unless it’s oxidized. If it's…

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What Is the VAP Cholesterol Test?

…to break down the most dangerous fractions of cholesterol and provide a more accurate picture of what may or may not be a problem. For example, a high LDL cholesterol level is thought to be a heart risk factor. But LDL, up to a certain level, is really a good guy—a sheep slapped with a wolf’s reputation…

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What Causes Coronary Artery Disease?

…of LDL would have been at the highest risk. But, in this study, not only was elevated C-reactive protein the best indicator of risk, women with high LDL and high C-reactive protein were also at the most risk. This finding is significant, folks, as this study shows once again that LDL cholesterol levels…

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