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.

Study Casts Doubt on Protective Role of Good Cholesterol

It’s unlikely that HDL cholesterol is an independent risk factor for heart disease.

Experts Highlight the Importance of Managing Drug Interactions with Statins

Widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statins brings the issue to light.

Statins Aren't the Only Option for Lowering Cholesterol

Other cholesterol lowering therapies—including a heart-healthy diet—can be similarly effective at lowering cholesterol and cardiovascular risk, finds study.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Task Force Finds Lack of Evidence to Support Childhood Lipid Screenings

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force maintains that there’s not enough evidence to support universal cholesterol screenings in children.

Despite Statins, Familial Hypercholesterolemia Doubles Risk for Second Heart Attack

Study authors emphasize screening for the genetic disorder that causes dangerously high cholesterol.

Experts Challenge the Need for Fasting Cholesterol Tests

Fasting for cholesterol tests may soon be a thing of the past, based on new recommendations.

A Fresh Look at Saturated Fats, Vegetable Oil and Cholesterol

Previously unpublished findings question the benefit of replacing saturated fats to lower cholesterol.

Heart Disease Prevention Also Wards off Alzheimer's and Dementia

Simple heart-healthy choices could reduce risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s by 20%, finds study.

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Risk for Kidney Disease

A simple set of guidelines for preventing heart disease may protect against chronic kidney disease, finds study.
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Recent Study Supports Statins to Prevent Heart Disease

A large international trial finds statins to be most effective for heart disease prevention.

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Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.

Heart Disease Burden Has Shifted to Southern U.S. States

The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scans Help Refine Treatment Decisions

Landmark research demonstrates the benefits of using CAC tests when appropriate.

More Younger Adults Should Take Statins, Finds Study

Increased statin use could prevent heart events for over a quarter of a million people.

Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Reduce Risk of Death Even Years After Use

Study illustrates the lifelong benefits of statin use.

Decline in Dementia Rates Over Past Three Decades

Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.

Texting Programs Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Disease

A recent study suggests that text messaging programs double the odds of medication adherence in adults with chronic disease.

Too Little Exercise Remains a Prime Concern for Americans

Experts reaffirm that health benefits from exercise far outweigh risks.

Cardiac Rehab is Lifesaving for Heart Patients

Exercise-based rehab programs reduce risk for heart-related death by 26%.

Heart Disease Remains Top Killer in the United States

Heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths, highlighting an urgent need for prevention and treatment.

Negative Press for Statins Discourages Patients from Taking Their Meds

Not taking cholesterol-lowering statins as prescribed means higher risk for heart attack and death.

Declines in U.S. Death Rates Have Slowed

Researchers measure progress on heart disease and other leading causes of death, and identify areas for improvement.

Low-Fat Diets Not the Best Weight Loss Solution

A review of more than 50 clinical trials comparing low- versus higher-fat diets shows no significant difference in weight loss results.

Non-statin Cholesterol Therapy Declining Among Older Adults

Fewer older adults are on non-statin lipid therapy due to concerns raised by recent clinical trials, finds study.