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  1. Vytorin Study to Get FDA Review

    Jan. 25, 2008 -- The FDA says it will explore the medical mystery of why Vytorin cuts cholesterol but doesn't seem to reduce plaque in the arteries. Vytorin is a combination of two different types of cholesterol-lowering drugs: Zetia, which blocks cholesterol absorption in the gut, and Zocor, one of

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  2. Study Casts Doubts on Vytorin, Zetia

    Jan. 15, 2008 -- Disappointing results from a long-awaited trial of the best-selling cholesterol drug Vytorin drew mixed reactions from some of the nation's leading cardiologists. Vytorin, which combines the unique cholesterol drug Zetia with the traditional statin drug simvastatin, was found to be

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  3. Heartier Benefits Seen From Oatmeal

    Jan. 11, 2008 -- Oatmeal may do more for your heart's health than lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, a new research review shows. It's been more than a decade since the FDA approved a heart-health claim for oatmeal and other foods made from whole oats, such as oat bran and oat flour. Those products are al

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  4. FDA Panel Rejects OTC Cholesterol Drug

    Dec. 13, 2007 -- Expert advisors urged the FDA to reject a drug company's bid to sell a cholesterol-lowering drug without a doctor's prescription. This was a major setback in Merck & Co's years-long effort to sell Mevacor over the counter. The company maintains that Mevacor is safe and that the pote

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  5. Total Cholesterol Improves in U.S.

    Dec. 12, 2007 -- Total cholesterol is improving among U.S. adults, so much so that the U.S. has met its cholesterol goal early. The CDC announced that news today, citing the nation's latest total cholesterol statistics. The data, gathered in 2005-2006, show that U.S. adults' average total cholestero

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  6. Heart Deaths: Cholesterol a Culprit

    Nov. 29, 2007 -- High cholesterol is a major risk factor for death from heart disease, but its impact on stroke death is less clear, a new analysis combining 61 studies confirms. In one of the largest evaluations of the research examining cholesterol and mortality ever conducted, researchers found l

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  7. Cholesterol Drug May Affect Sleep

    Nov. 7, 2007 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Are you tossing and turning at night? A popular cholesterol-lowering drug may be to blame. In a new study, those who took the statin drug Zocor reported they had a significantly worse quality of sleep than those who took a placebo or Pravachol, another statin drug, sa

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  8. Cholesterol a Mystery to Most

    Nov. 6, 2007 -- Nearly all Americans claim to know how to avoid heart attacks, but most of us don't know our cholesterol or blood-fat numbers, a Harris poll demonstrates. The poll was commissioned by Merck & Co. Inc., which makes one of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The telephone survey of

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  9. Statins Cut Gallstones Risk

    Oct. 16, 2007 (Philadelphia) -- Once again, research suggests that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins are good for more than the heart -- they also cut gallstone risk. In a study of more than 50,000 participants in the Nurses Health Study, women who took statins, particularly th

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  10. Statin Drugs: Heart Benefits Last Long

    Oct. 10, 2007 -- Men who took statins for five years had fewer heart deaths and heart attacks 10 years later -- even though most had stopped taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs. The intriguing finding suggests that relatively small, early reductions in bad LDL cholesterol can have very large benef

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Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal.

Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is borderline high. If your LDL goes higher, your total cholesterol level could become Borderline High. Consider reducing the amount of foods you eat with saturated fats and increasing physical activity. If you get more exercise, your level of "good" HDL cholesterol may increase, which could also help to keep your levels of LDL and total cholesterol in check.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL. The HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL because the HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. But your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as statins. Following medication, dietary, and exercise instructions should result in improvements.

Your total cholesterol level is High, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications.

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