Are You Getting the Best Cholesterol Test to Predict Heart Attack Risk?

For decades, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — the notorious “bad” cholesterol — has been vilified as public enemy number one by the medical profession. Yet none of the hundreds of cholesterol studies performed to date has ever shown that LDL-C causes heart attacks. This unscientific belief has become so ingrained in medical thinking that it’s been termed “the great cholesterol …

The Hidden Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Most Doctors Overlook

J.P. Moore thought he was in perfect health until he suffered a “widow-maker” heart attack on July 4, 2014, while riding his mountain bike. The then-42-year-old auto dealer from Richland, Wash., was rushed to the hospital, where tests showed that one of his coronary arteries was 98% blocked and several others were partially blocked. Treatment with angioplasty and a stent …

The Facts About Eggs and Heart Health — Unscrambled

Are eggs a superfood or a dietary villain to avoid? You’ve probably seen frightening headlines like these: “Alert! An egg a day increases risk of stroke death,” “A New Study Wants You to Stop Eating Eggs,” “Study: Cholesterol from egg consumption increases risk of heart attack,” and “Eggs are bad for your heart — it’s no yolk.” However, the 2015 …

4 Things to Know About the New Cholesterol Guidelines

About one in three American adults have elevated levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, a major risk factor for developing atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries). The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have issued new cholesterol management guidelines for healthcare providers, aimed at helping patients lower their risk for heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular …

Surprising Facts and Myths About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is the most demonized, misunderstood and controversial substance in our bodies and our diets. To help clear up the confusion, the CDC has designated September as National Cholesterol Education Month. It’s also a great time to get your lipid levels checked — and if they’re too high, to work with your medical provider to reduce them. Here’s a look …

Most Doctors Don’t Know About This $20 Test for Hidden Heart Attack Risk

Celebrity fitness trainer Bob Harper thought he was in perfect health, until he suffered a near-fatal heart attack during a workout at a New York City gym and went into cardiac arrest. After a bystander performed CPR, the host of the hit TV show “The Biggest Loser” was rushed to the hospital where he spent two days in a coma, …

The Dangerous Cholesterol Most Doctors Don’t Check

After having two heart attacks in the same week, Juli Townsend was released from the hospital with prescriptions that included a high-dose statin. That didn’t make sense to the then 37-year-old customer service representative from Spokane, Washington. “I asked the doctors why I needed a cholesterol-lowering drug when they’d repeatedly told me my cholesterol levels were ‘beautiful, like a teenager’s.’ …

What 92% of Women Don’t Know About Screening for Heart Disease

Very few women are aware of the right age to start screening for heart disease, the leading cause of death in American women, according to a new national survey by Orlando Health. Despite a recommendation by the American Heart Association to begin heart screenings at age 20, only 8% of the women polled thought these crucial heart health checkups should …

A Painless 15-minute Test Can Reveal Hidden Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

Did you know that an ultrasound exam of your neck arteries is one of the best ways to check for atherosclerosis (plaque in the artery wall that can lead to a heart attack or stroke? As I discuss in this Fox Health News article, this FDA-approved screening, carotid intima media thickness (cIMT), can uncover hidden risk for these events in …