Category: Cardiovascular Risks

Vitamin D Can Protect Your Heart After Cardiac Arrest

| January 1, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recently, researchers discovered a critical link that could be the difference between surviving cardiac arrest… and not. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating due to an electrical glitch (unlike a heart attack where blood flow to the heart is blocked). Anything that disrupts your heart’s rhythm (including a heart attack) could potentially trigger […]

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Statins Of Little Or No Benefit For Those At Low Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

| November 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

The ‘Cochrane Collaboration’ is an international collective of researchers whose self-proclaimed role is to provide accurate and robust appraisals of health interventions. In 2011, Cochrane researchers assessed the evidence relating to statin use in individuals at low risk of cardiovascular disease (defined as less than a 20 per cent risk over 10 years), and concluded […]

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Do Stanols And Sterols Pose Hazards For Health?

| July 31, 2013 | Comments (0)

One of my recent blogs focused on the cholesterol-lowering substances called plant stanols and sterols. These partially block absorption of cholesterol from the gut and therefore can reduce blood cholesterol levels. However, the impact stanols and sterols have on cholesterol is quite irrelevant, it’s the impact they have on health that counts. There is no […]

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Cholesterol: Lower Is Not Always Better

| December 27, 2012 | Comments (2)

When we hear the word ‘cholesterol’ it’s easy to imagine this fat-like substance whooshing around in the bloodstream and perhaps contributing to the build-up of ‘atherosclerotic plaque’ on the inside of artery walls. However, we should perhaps not forget that this substance is an essential body constituent and, for example, is a basic building block within […]

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Fibrates Have Little Impact Preventing Cardiovascular Events

| December 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

Statins are the most commonly-prescribed type of drugs used to treat ‘high cholesterol’, but doctors have other weapons in their supposed armoury here, including what are known as ‘fibrates’. This class of drugs, which includes the drugs clofibrate, gemfibrozil and fenofibrate, works mainly to lower levels of ‘unhealthy’ blood fats known as triglycerides, while raising […]

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Biases Clouding Statin Drug Trials

| October 19, 2012 | Comments (1)

The case for the benefits of statins is built on data coming from what are termed ‘randomised controlled trials’.  These are often referred to as the ‘gold standard’ tests of any treatment. In such studies, normally half of a group of people are randomly assigned to take a statin, while the other half gets a […]

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Relationship Between Cholesterol And Stroke Is Unclear

| June 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

Strokes are caused when blood supply to the brain is interrupted for a prolonged period of time and may leave sufferers with long lasting disability. Strokes are also a leading cause of death. The most common type of stroke in the UK and US is known as ‘ischaemic’ stroke. Here, vessels supplying blood to the […]

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Is Inflammation The Real Culprit Behind Heart Disease?

| May 17, 2012 | Comments (4)

Cholesterol in the body is carried around the bloodstream in the form of what are called ‘lipoproteins’. The two main lipoproteins are so-called low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol). Conventional wisdom tells us that HDL-C is a marker for cholesterol being cleared from the inside of the arteries, while LDL-C has the […]

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