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.

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.

Insurance Remains a Major Challenge for New Cholesterol Drug

Study finds less than half of prescriptions for PCSK9 inhibitors are approved by insurance companies.

Novel Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs are Recommended for High-Risk Patients

A new class of drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, presents a further treatment option for certain patients at high risk for heart problems.

A New, Improved Method for Cholesterol Tests

A recent change in calculating non-fasting cholesterol improves accuracy.

A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Keep the Mind Intact

Experts provide simple yet effective strategies for protecting cognitive health as we age.

First-Ever Trial Tests Cholesterol-Lowering Statins in Children with Rare Genetic Disorder

Statins appear safe and effective in children with a rare condition causing extremely high cholesterol.

New Guidelines Fine-Tune Heart Screenings in Young Athletes

Refined testing would save health care costs while still detecting serious heart conditions.

Too Much Salt Puts Added Stress on Heart

A recent study confirms that consuming more than 3,700 mg of sodium daily taxes the heart.

Study Supports Statin Use in Children with Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Children with a genetic disorder that causes abnormally high cholesterol may benefit from statins.

Claims About Side Effects from Statins May be Exaggerated

Patients are more likely to report side effects when they know they’re taking statins, finds study.

A Healthy Lifestyle Could Add Quality Years to Your Life

Study finds middle-aged adults with no cardiovascular risk factors live longer, healthier lives.

New Tool Helps Predict Heart Risks in Patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia

New tool to guide treatment in patients with a genetic disorder causing dangerously high cholesterol levels.

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New Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Shows Promise for Patients with Heart Disease

PCSK9 inhibitors lower LDL and risk for heart complications, but access to the drug is an issue for many.

Experts Raise Awareness of a New Lipid Disorder

Treating a lesser-known lipid disorder may help patients reduce risk for heart disease.

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.

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.

A Fresh Look at Saturated Fats, Vegetable Oil and Cholesterol

Previously unpublished findings question the benefit of replacing saturated fats to lower cholesterol.

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.