High Cholesterol

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about high cholesterol. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Coronary Artery Calcium Helps Identify Patients Eligible for Statins

Calcium build-up in the heart’s main arteries helps identify individuals most in need of the cholesterol-lowering medication.

Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier, Lives

While life expectancy continues to rise, heart disease becomes the leading cause of disability around the world.

Screening Children for Genetic Disorder That Causes High Cholesterol

Universal cholesterol screenings in Slovenia help identify children at risk for familial hypercholesterolemia.

Deep Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Study finds that both volume and type of belly fat have an impact on heart health.

Age and Gender Differences in Heart Disease Mortality Rates

Despite recent drops in cardiovascular mortality rates, death toll among young adults remains high.

Economic and Social Forces Have Big Impact on Heart Health

The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement addressing social factors that influence risk for heart disease.

1 in 2 Latino Adults Unaware of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is especially common among Latinos, yet only half of this population is aware of the condition.

Chocolate Protects Against Heart Disease and Stroke

Moderate chocolate consumption helps, not harms, cardiovascular health.

Action, Not Advice, Helps Smokers Quit

Creating a quit plan and providing tools for ongoing support is more effective than education alone in helping smokers quit.

Early Detection of Genetic Disorder Causing High Cholesterol is Life-Saving

Recognizing the signs of a genetic disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia adds decades to lives.

Cash Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Rewards-based programs are much more appealing than deposit-based programs, which require smokers to risk their own money.

One in Three Americans Has Metabolic Syndrome

One-third of Americans has a cluster of risk factors putting them at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, based on a review of national surveys from the last decade.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Memory and Brain Function

A diet rich in olive oil and nuts may improve brain function and reduce risk for dementia.

Physical Fitness Keeps Cholesterol Under Control

Being fit could delay the development of high cholesterol by up to fifteen years.

Obese Teens at High Risk for Heart Disease

Study finds that by the age of 17, most obese teens are facing potential heart problems later in life.

A National Plan to Get America Moving

Proposed changes to our physical and social environments encourage regular physical activity for Americans throughout the course of the day.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Rare for Adults Engaged in Sports

Study highlights the benefits of exercise and sports in middle-aged adults, as well as CPR training.

Is There an Exercise 'Sweet Spot' for Longer Life?

Two large-scale studies take a close look at meeting or exceeding current exercise guidelines, but one thing is clear: Any physical activity is far better than none.

Consistently Low Cholesterol is Key to a Healthy Heart

Study links fluctuation in LDL levels and the likelihood of a heart event.

Strategies for Combatting Childhood Obesity

Early lifestyle interventions are urgently needed to stop growing childhood obesity rates.

Children of Smokers Have Increased Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Quitting is the best approach for the health of the family, but limiting children’s exposure to smoke can help.

Exercise Prevents Fall Injuries in Older Women

Finnish study assesses the effects of Vitamin D and strength training in women prone to falling.

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Short Hospital Stays after Angioplasty Are Often Sufficient for Older Patients

Study finds patients 65 or older discharged from the hospital as early as 48 hours after angioplasty following a heart attack have similar outcomes as those who stay four-to-five days.
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Promising Treatments for High Cholesterol

New research highlights heart-health benefits of cholesterol-lowering medications.
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Antidepressants Cut Heart Risks in Half

Study analyzes benefits of treatment for moderate to severe depression with and without statins.