Cholesterol

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01 Apr: Statins: 5 Things Everyone Ought to Know About Cholesterol Medication

Statins, less commonly known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are a class of medications used by people who have high cholesterol. High cholesterol poses risks for potentially fatal events such as strokes and heart attacks if not treated properly with the necessary medications and/or lifestyle modifications. Your cholesterol level is made up of both “good” and “bad” components, as well as other miscellaneous components. HDL is good cholesterol, and LDL is bad cholesterol. Statins are meant to decrease your LDL levels. According to studeies supported by the American Heart Association, statins have been scientifically shown to lower these levels by 45 percent, though this number varies with the particular drug and dosage that is used. These medications play a major role…

Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

18 Nov: Cholesterol Lowering Medications Side Effects: What You Ought to Know

Cholesterol medications are taking by millions of people every day with the goal of lowering the level of “bad” cholesterol and increasing the level of “good” cholesterol in the blood. The Mayo Clinic has also indicated that cholesterol lowering medications might decrease the level of triglycerides, which is a type of fat, in the blood. However, these cholesterol medications bring with them potential side effects and everyone who takes them should be aware of these bad side effects. Types of Cholesterol Lowering Medications The Mayo Clinic has broken down the types of cholesterol lowering medication into eight subgroups. These are as follows: Statins, such as Lipitor and Crestor Cholesterol absorption inhibitors, such as Zetia Niacins, such as Niaspan Fibrates, such as Tricor and…

12 Apr: Cholesterol Medication Rundown

A healthy lifestyle is the first and most important way to win the battle against cholesterol, but for some it’s just not enough. Many who diet and exercise still find themselves in a fight against cholesterol, and prescription medication may be the way to best combat high cholesterol. Cholesterol medications help by decreasing your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) aka the “bad” cholesterol that increases the risk of heart disease, decreasing your triglycerides which is the fat in the blood that also increases the risk of heart disease, or by increasing your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) aka the “good” cholesterol that protects from heart disease. Depending on what your body needs most to lower your cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe one drug or…

Crestor, Lipitor, or Zocor - Which statin is right for you?

03 Sep: Crestor vs Lipitor vs Zocor – Which Statin Is Better for You?

A diagnosis of high cholesterol can be intimidating, but there is a lot you can do to control this condition. In addition to modifying your diet and upping your exercise, the addition of a HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor, a class of drugs commonly called “statins” can safely and effectively lower your cholesterol. (HMG-CoA Reductase helps our liver produce cholesterol; when the chemical is inhibited, the amount of cholesterol is correspondingly reduced.) How to Chose the Statin Best for You For people with heart disease, statins can lower the risk of a cardiac event and subsequent death. If you and your doctor have determined that you need a statin, how can you pick the right statin for your needs There are six statins…