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.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

Strict Insurance Policies Reduce Access to Life-Saving Cholesterol Drugs

Most patients never get the PCSK9 inhibitors they’re prescribed, putting them at increased risk for heart events.

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in Early Adulthood Shape Future Heart Health

Risk factors in early adulthood have long-lasting effects on heart health as we age.

Decades of Health Gains Lost After Cutbacks in Low-Income, Rural Maine

Study suggests continued health programming is needed to reduce health disparities in low-income communities.

Cholesterol Disorder Overlooked in Many Young Heart Attack Patients

Familial hypercholesterolemia is overlooked and undertreated.

Skipping Breakfast Nearly Doubles Risk for Heart-Related Death

Long-term study of U.S. adults underscores why the morning meal may be the most important of the day.

Cholesterol Screenings Staggeringly Low in Women of Childbearing Age

Pennsylvania study highlights a missed opportunity for OB/GYNs to screen women for dangerous cholesterol disorders.

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Study Supports Limiting Eggs and Cholesterol Intake for a Healthier Heart

Higher consumption of eggs and cholesterol is linked to increased risk for heart disease.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Financial Incentives for Controlling High Cholesterol: Are They Worth It?

Incentives that encourage better management of high cholesterol appear cost-effective, based on expert models.


Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Prevent Dementia

French study finds that seven factors related to heart health could reduce risk for dementia and cognitive decline.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

Natural Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Statins

Natural remedies can complement but not replace cholesterol-lowering drugs, experts explain.

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

Study Highlights Gaps in Screening and Treatment of Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Only half of patients with a dangerous cholesterol disorder are receiving proper treatment, shows U.S. study.

Breastfeeding May be Protective for Heart Health

Breastfeeding shows heart health benefits for some mothers, including those with normal blood pressure.

Study Highlights Additional Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Evidence shows that weight loss surgery improves diabetes management and heart health.

Almonds and Dark Chocolate Help Lower Cholesterol

Study finds that replacing unhealthier foods with almonds and dark chocolate can help lower cholesterol in just one month.

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Death in Women

A study of more than 17,000 women links physical activity to a longer, healthier life.

Half of Patients with Ideal Cholesterol Have Underlying Heart Risks

Many patients with optimal health have dangerous plaque build-up in their arteries.

Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients

Taking medication as directed is critical to improving outcomes.

Comparing Cholesterol-Lowering Medications for High Risk Patients

It doesn’t matter which type of cholesterol medications are used as long as they lower cholesterol and heart risks.