What you need to know about cholesterol

January 27, 2015 6:40 AM

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If we have heart disease, are over the age of 40 years and have diabetes, or have an increased risk for heart disease we may very well be receiving a new prescription at our next doctor’s visit. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include age, male gender, a family history of heart disease, smoking, poorly-controlled high blood pressure, obesity and physical inactivity. The American Heart Association’s website has an easy-to-use risk calculator that can help assess where we fall.

The answer is simple: to help us live longer and healthier lives. The new guidelines state that when cholesterol-lowering medications are combined with a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise habits and avoidance of tobacco products, the risk for heart attack, stroke and death decrease. They aim for ...

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