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News and Features Related to Cholesterol Management

  1. Accurate or Not? At-Home Cholesterol Tests and Blood Pressure Monitors

    If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure (or if you're worried about having it), you may have been tempted by the many at-home cholesterol tests and blood pressure monitors currently on the market. The devices promise quick, accurate results in the privacy of your own home, a boon for bus

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  2. Cholesterol: What the Numbers Really Mean

    You may look and feel fine. But if your cholesterol is high, then your heart health -- and therefore your overall health -- are at risk. "Cholesterol is a waxy-like substance made in the liver, and is also derived from the foods we eat. It comes in two forms: LDL, the bad cholesterol, and HDL, the g

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  3. Cholesterol Drug Trials Cancelled

    Dec. 4, 2006 -- The drug company Pfizer has suspended all clinical trials of its experimental cholesterol drug, torcetrapib, due to possible heart risks. The drug has never been on the market. It was still being tested in phase III trials, the last stage of clinical trial required for FDA review. To

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  4. Statin Drugs May Help the Healthy

    Nov. 27, 2006 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may prevent heart attacks and strokes among people who don't already have cardiovascular disease, a study shows. Researchers say their analysis of previous studies shows statins may benefit those without cardiovascular disease or elevated cholestero

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  5. More People Could Benefit From Statins

    Nov. 9, 2006 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin therapy is both beneficial and cost-effective for a wider range of the population than has previously been treated with the drugs, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Oxford who conducted a cost analysis of statins concluded that even

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  6. Cholesterol Drugs May Be Underused

    Dec. 6, 2006 -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can't help your heart if you don't take them properly, Dutch researchers warn. They included Fernie Penning-van Beest, PhD, of the Pharmo Institute, located in Utrecht, Netherlands. The institute's clients include drug companies. "Drugs are only real

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  7. 'Just for Teens' Cholesterol Analysis

    Aug. 29, 2006 - A new system for interpreting cholesterol levels in teens could help better identify those at risk for heart disease as adults, researchers say. Unlike the current guidelines, the proposed classification system factors in an adolescent's age and gender when determining normal and abn

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  8. Pomegranate Helps Diabetic Hearts

    Aug. 29, 2006 -- Drinking pomegranate juice may help people with diabetes diabetes reduce their risk of heart disease heart disease. A preliminary new study shows that people with diabetes who drank pomegranate juice for three months had a lower risk of atherosclerosis -- or hardening of the arterie

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  9. FDA OKs 1st Generic Version of Zocor

    June 23, 2006 -- The first generic version of the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Zocor has been approved by the FDA. The new generic, simvastatin, is recommended for use along with a diet restricted in saturated fat and cholesterol to treat high cholesterol high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

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  10. Lipitor Safety Questioned in Lawsuit

    June 9, 2006 - Lawsuits filed this week claim that drug-maker Pfizer has failed to warn doctors and patients about serious possible side effects of the cholesterol-lowering drug. The two lawsuits claim that Lipitor caused lasting, debilitating muscle and nerve problems -- including memory loss. Mark

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Desirable
0-199
Borderline
200-239
High
240+

Your level is currently

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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