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Defeating heart disease

Taking an active role can reduce your risk significantly By David Dunaief, M.D. Heart disease is so pervasive that men who are 40 years old have a lifetime risk of 49 percent. In other words, about half of men will be affected by heart disease. The statistics are...

Scrutinizing the cholesterol profile

The lipid or cholesterol profile is one of the most common batteries of blood tests. Why? Abnormal cholesterol levels may have an integral role in exacerbating a number of chronic diseases. These diseases are some of the most common, including atherosclerosis...

FDA approves new drug for cholesterol

High cholesterol is a problem that affects a countless number of people in the United States. One of the challenges is that it has no noticeable symptoms but may result in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. So what do we...

Niacin and HDL questioned

Niacin has recently become a highly contested drug. In my last article, “Reducing triglycerides,” I mentioned that niacin has powerful effects to treat elevated triglycerides, but that the clinical benefit of this effect is questionable.  Here, I will expand on issues...