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High Cholesterol Information

  • Hypercholesterolemia (literally: high blood cholesterol) is the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood. It is not a disease but a metabolic derangement that can be secondary to many diseases and can contribute to many forms of disease, most notably cardiovascular disease. It is closely related to the terms "hyperlipidemia" (elevated levels of lipids) and "hyperlipoproteinemia" (elevated levels of lipoproteins)...
  • Elevated cholesterol does not lead to specific symptoms unless it has been longstanding. Some types of hypercholesterolemia lead to specific physical findings: xanthoma (thickening of tendons due to accumulation of cholesterol), xanthelasma palpabrum (yellowish patches around the eyelids) and arcus senilis (white discoloration of the peripheral cornea). Longstanding elevated hypercholesterolemia leads to accelerated atherosclerosis; this can express itself in a number of cardiovascular diseases.

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For the fourth year in a row, the DASH diet has been named 2014’s best overall diet in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. This heart-friendly diet has been on top of the list every year since the news organization began its diet ratings. To determine the rankings, according to U.S. News & World Report, a panel of ... Read More »
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Most of you have heard the new cholesterol guidelines in the news. Remember these are guidelines based on a re-evaluation of years of studies but they have stirred things up. Among the most controversial of the guidelines is that statin medications are recommended for healthy folks who have a 7.5%, 10 year risk of heart disease or greater. ... Read More »

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