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    1. 'Good' Cholesterol Earns Its Name

      Sept. 26, 2007 -- HDL cholesterol is often nicknamed "good" cholesterol, and a new study shows just how good HDL cholesterol can be for people with heart disease. Here's the take-home message: The higher HDL cholesterol levels were, the better, even when LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels were very low.

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    2. Young Women in Dark About Cholesterol

      Sept. 20, 2007 -- Few women younger than 45 are savvy about cholesterol, new research shows. That lack of knowledge could be dangerous, since cholesterol buildup inside artery walls makes heart disease and stroke more likely. Heart disease is the leading killer of U.S. women. Stroke ranks third (can

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    3. Cholesterol Drug Change May Be Risky

      Sept. 5, 2007 -- Patients who switch from the statin drug Lipitor to a generic version of another statin may be more likely to suffer strokes, heart attacks, and death, a new study from Lipitor manufacturer Pfizer shows. Researchers for the drug maker reported a 30% increase in risk for major cardia

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    4. Women Don't Know Cholesterol Levels

      Aug. 22, 2007 -- Most women are seriously lacking when it comes to knowing their cholesterol numbers, according to a new survey. Researchers found that twice as many women knew how much they weighed in high school than knew their current cholesterol level -- despite the fact that heart disease is th

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    5. Cholesterol Lessons for Kids Pay Off

      Aug. 13, 2007 -- It's never too early to teach your children about cholesterol, according to a new study. Finnish researchers found counseling children from infancy about diets low in saturated fats, such as animal fats, reduced average blood cholesterol levels through age 14 without any negative ef

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    6. Very Low LDL May Mean More Cancer Risk

      (Editor's note: In August 2008, the researchers announced that a more complete analysis of the data showed no link between statins and cancer risk.) July 23, 2007 -- New research suggests a link between very low cholesterol levels and an increased risk of cancer, but the findings are far from conclu

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    7. Review Shows Statins Safe, Effective

      June 6, 2007 -- The benefits of taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs far outweigh the potential risks for the vast majority of patients with heart and vascular disease, a new review of the research suggests. Longtime statin researcher Jane Armitage, MD, of the University of Oxford, found the inc

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    8. Cholesterol Too High in Many Women

      May 15, 2007 -- Women may need to put cholesterol on their list of things to discuss with their doctor, a new study suggests. The study, published online in Women's Health Issues, shows that among high-risk patients, optimal levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol may be less common among men than women. Hi

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    9. Trial Cholesterol Drug Strikes Out

      March 27, 2007 (New Orleans) -- Three new studies show that the novel cholesterol drug torcetrapib fails to slow plaque buildup in the arteries. Torcetrapib was also recently linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and death. Additionally, the new drug may raise blood pressure, the research sug

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    10. Crestor Halts Artery Thickening

      March 26, 2007 (New Orleans) -- The statin drug Crestor, already used to lower levels of bad cholesterol and boost levels of the good kind, also stops the thickening of arteries in people at low risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study. Thickening of arterial walls is a precursor

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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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