High Cholesterol Health News

High cholesterol means that you have elevated levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream, and it is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Cholesterol is a fatty substance present in the blood. When there is too much of it, it can leave deposits and build up as plaque on the walls of arteries. This ultimately leads to coronary artery disease and other heart health complications.

Cholesterol readings are actually somewhat complicated, as there is a total cholesterol level, an LDL, or the so-called bad cholesterol level, and a level of HDL, or good cholesterol. In keeping cholesterol in check, the most important readings are to have a total cholesterol level below 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), and an LDL level below 129 mg/dL. If blood cholesterol levels begin to get much higher than that, they are ranging into unhealthy levels that can put you at risk for heart disease.

Causes of High Cholesterol

Some people have naturally high cholesterol levels due to family history. Cholesterol levels also tend to increase as you age. Other times, however, there are steps you can take to manage your cholesterol levels. For example, obesity puts you at a greater risk of having high blood cholesterol levels. Eating a diet high in saturated fat or cholesterol is also a cause of high cholesterol, as is inactivity.

Treatment

Considering this, making a few lifestyle changes is one of the best steps you can take to keep blood cholesterol levels under control. Exercising more, eating a healthy diet and managing your weight are all important steps in managing cholesterol. It’s also important to quit smoking, as this can also play a role. There are a number of medications that can help people keep cholesterol at a healthy level, so it’s important to work closely with a health care provider in finding the right combination of treatments to help you manage your cholesterol level.

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; American Heart Association.

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3/20/2017
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3/17/2017
Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth

Days spent hunting, farming and eating unprocessed foods keeps their arteries clear, researcher says

3/13/2017
Health Tip: Help Kids Maintain Healthy Cholesterol

Foods to eat, and those to avoid

3/9/2017
Heart Disease Kicks in Earlier for Obese People

Study found that weight did not affect life span as much as quality of life

3/9/2017
1 in 7 Obese People Has Normal Blood Pressure, Cholesterol

But that doesn't mean the excess weight is harmless, researchers say

3/8/2017
Cholesterol's Impact on Heart Attack Risk May Change With Age

Study found younger patients had low levels of HDL 'good' cholesterol

2/23/2017
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2/22/2017
Race May Play Role in Recurrent Stroke

Study found black seniors at higher risk for subsequent attack compared to whites

2/22/2017
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Diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking may set you up for Alzheimer's, research suggests

2/15/2017
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2/14/2017
Heart Disease Could Cost U.S. $1 Trillion Per Year By 2035: Report

American Heart Association estimates that nearly half of Americans will have heart disease in less than 20 years

2/14/2017
Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart

Blocked arteries can restrict blood flow to the legs, feet, kidneys -- even brain, specialists say

2/8/2017
Calcium Buildup in Young Arteries May Signal Heart Attack Risk

Even small amount in 30s, 40s appears to boost the odds, study finds

2/7/2017
Know Your Heart's Numbers

Too few Americans aware of modifiable heart disease risk factors, such as blood pressure and weight

2/3/2017
What to Do If You Think You're Having a Heart Attack

Don't ignore chest pain and seek medical attention immediately, heart specialists say

1/30/2017
Study Suggests Newer Cholesterol Drugs Are Safe

Whether taking them results in fewer heart attacks and strokes isn't yet known, researcher says

1/26/2017
U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise

And heart disease remains the nation's leading killer

1/24/2017
'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says

The supplements linked to muscle pain, other adverse effects similar to statins

1/10/2017
Brisk Walk May Help Sidestep Heart Disease

In just 10 weeks, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight improved among women in study

1/4/2017
Many Young Adults With High Cholesterol Not on Statins as Recommended

Guidelines suggest the meds could help ward off heart trouble, but too many people are missing out, study finds

12/14/2016
Smartphones Could Be a Boon to Heart Health Research

Study finds tracking people's activity with the devices is cheaper, more reliable that conventional methods

11/30/2016
Americans' Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling

Eliminating trans fats from the U.S. diet may be one factor in this healthy trend, CDC researchers say

11/18/2016
Heart Attacks Up in New Orleans Post-Katrina

One hospital reported 3 times more heart admissions after the 2005 storm compared to before

11/15/2016
Coming Soon: Lower Cholesterol From a Twice-a-Year Shot?

Injectable drugs could provide major advance in heart-disease prevention, researchers say

11/14/2016
U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study

Researchers chalk it up to better meds, prevention efforts

11/9/2016
High-Dose Statins Boost Survival: Study

Increased doses reduced death risk in those with existing heart disease

10/31/2016
Pedal Your Way to Heart Health

Studies find bike users have fewer heart attacks, lower blood pressure

10/31/2016
Does 'Good' Cholesterol Matter in Heart Disease Risk?

Lifestyle appears more important than the HDL number, study suggests

10/26/2016
Parent-Child Screening Urged for Inherited Heart Condition

People with familial hypercholesterolemia have higher risk of heart attack before 40, researchers say

10/17/2016
Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs

Doctors, patients should be aware of risky combinations, heart group says

9/27/2016
Are There Alternatives to Statins?

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9/7/2016
A Woman's Weight Has Complex Link to Stroke Risk

Being overweight ups odds for most prevalent form of attack, but may slightly lower chances for another type

8/29/2016
Fewer Drugs in Pipeline to Treat World's No. 1 Killer

While number of cancer drugs rose, development of new heart medicines stalled, study finds

8/17/2016
Healthy Diet, Exercise May Help Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

Study finds people who are active and eat well have fewer brain effects linked to the disease

8/9/2016
Task Force Calls for More Study Into Risks, Benefits of Kids' Cholesterol Screening

Panel does recommend screening kids for obesity starting at age 6

8/3/2016
Heart Risk Factors Rise Before Menopause

'Danger zone' for women earlier than thought, study finds

8/1/2016
Fat May Not Hike Heart Attack Risk: Study

But it does raise diabetes risk, research with twins found

7/25/2016
1 in 10 Alzheimer's Patients at Risk for Avoidable Hospital Stays

Study suggests need for better management of other health problems

7/19/2016
Cutting Down on Sweets Can Help Kids' Hearts

Risk factors improved after just 10 days of sugar restriction, study finds

7/18/2016
9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor

7/14/2016
Health Before a Stroke Is Big Predictor of Second Attack

Getting hypertension, cholesterol under control could be key to avoiding later dementia, too, study finds

7/5/2016
Study Cites the Fats That Could Shorten Your Life

High levels of animal-based saturated fats were tied to earlier death, unsaturated fats seem healthier

7/5/2016
Is U.S. Government Subsidizing Fattening Foods?

Study found Americans who ate the most grains, dairy and livestock products had more health issues

6/30/2016
Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks

Untreated, the condition also makes arteries age decades faster, study reports

6/30/2016
Men Face Greater Risk of Cardiac Arrest: Study

Heart disease tends to develop earlier than it does in women, researchers say

6/29/2016
Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane, Report Warns

Obesity, diabetes epidemics may be to blame, doctors say

6/20/2016
Just a Little of Statins' Effect Enough to Help Heart: Study

Driving cholesterol down to very low levels produced no extra benefit

6/16/2016
For Better Heart Care, Get a Pharmacist on Your Team

Canadian study highlights a potential opportunity to improve public health

6/15/2016
Heart Disease Down Among Over-40 Americans

Better control of risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure likely behind the change

5/24/2016
More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat

Study found 3 months of exposure linked to higher cholesterol levels, especially for those with diabetes