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Lowering high cholesterol with statins is possible. Watch this video to see how to do it.
Transcript: Sometimes, regardless of your lifestyle changes, you may still have high cholesterol levels. If that's...
Sometimes, regardless of your lifestyle changes, you may still have high cholesterol levels. If that's the case, it may be time to consider taking a statin.Statins are a medication prescribed to bring down elevated LDL or "bad" cholesterol levels, and they can modestly boost HDL or "good" cholesterol levels. In fact studies have shown that statins can lower LDL levels by as much as 18 to 55 percent and raise HDL levels by 5 to 15 percent.There are currently 6 approved statins and 2 approved combination medications containing statins.Approved Statins:atorvastatin (Lipitor) fluvastatin (Lescol) lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor)pravastatin (Pravachol),rosuvastatin (Crestor) simvastatin (Zocor).Approved Combination drugs:Ezetimibe-Simvastatin (Vytorin)Lovastatin-Niacin-ER (Advicor)Simvastatin-Niacin-ER (Simcor) These statins do their job by blocking an enzyme that your liver needs to make cholesterol. As a result you have less cholesterol circulating in your bloodstream, which reduces your risk for heart attack and stroke.Statins ALSO help reduce already built-up cholesterol deposits-called plaque-that have formed along your artery walls. This reduces inflammation, may relax blood vessels and lower high blood pressure. For many people, the benefits of statins remain only as long as they stay on the medication. All drugs have side effects, and statins are no exception. In rare cases they have been known to cause muscle pain and damage, gastrointestinal upset, and elevated liver enzymes. If you experience side effects, tell your doctor right away, but don't stop taking the medication on your own. To learn more about cholesterol and how it affects your overall health, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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Good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol: it's a confusing difference. Watch this video to learn which one is good and which is bad.
Transcript: "Cholesterol is a FAT, also known as a lipid. It is produced by the liver AND we take it in by eating...
"Cholesterol is a FAT, also known as a lipid. It is produced by the liver AND we take it in by eating meat, poultry and fish. Cholesterol builds and maintains cell membranes, insulates nerve fibers, is involved in the production of sex hormones and helps convert sunshine into vitamin D. Our body makes ALL the cholesterol we need for those important functions. Sounds good so far, right?But many of us end up with extra cholesterol. We take it in by eating meat, poultry and fish. And this is how most of us get into trouble, although some people DO naturally produce excess cholesterol. The cholesterol in our bloodstream is transported by LIPOPROTEINS, which bring lipids TO the cells AND help the lipids PASS OUT of the body. High density lipoprotein or HDL-is what we call the "GOOD CHOLESTEROL". It helps keep arteries clear of EXCESS cholesterol deposits by ferrying the fat to the liver for excretion OUT of the body. LOW density lipoprotein, or LDL, is what we call "BAD cholesterol". And although it is essential for a healthy body, when there is too much of it in relation to HDL, it is a signal that you're taking in excess fat and carbohydrates. And THAT puts you at risk for artery disease, heart attack and stroke, not to mention diabetes, dementia and other problems. In addition to good and bad cholesterol, there's another blood lipid called triglyceride. People with high triglycerides often have a high cholesterol level, typically with more bad cholesterol than good cholesterol. After all, triglyceride production is increased by being overweight, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking and excess alcohol consumption.HDL and LDL, along with triglycerides make up your TOTAL cholesterol count.The American Heart Association and the National Cholesterol Education Program recommend that you aim for a total cholesterol of 200 or less. (On screen: Healthy goal: 200 mg/dL or less)200 to 239 is borderline high (On screen: Borderline high: 200 to 239 mg/dL) (etc for the rest of the numbers too?)240 and above doubles your risk of coronary heart disease when compared to someone with cholesterol below 200. It's also been found that HDL levels of 60 and ABOVE will protect you from heart disease.LDL levels BELOW 100 are optimal. 100 to 129 is near or above optimal From 130 to 190 and above takes you from borderline high to very high, and increases your chance of heart disease significantly. To find out more about heart conditions caused by high lipids, check out other videos on this site."More »
Last Modified: 2014-04-09 | Tags »
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Some of the serious consequences of cholesterol include heart disease, America's biggest killer. Learn more about high cholesterol consequences.
Transcript: High cholesterol is a key risk factor in heart disease, which is the biggest killer in America today....
High cholesterol is a key risk factor in heart disease, which is the biggest killer in America today. Keep watching to learn more about this dangerous epidemic. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is produced naturally by the body and is also ingested from food. While some cholesterol is needed for many bodily functions, having too much can pose a serious risk to your health! Cholesterol is "carried" through the body by cells called lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins: low-density, or LDL, and high-density, or HDL. HDL aids in shuttling excess cholesterol out of the body and, for this reason, is known as "good" cholesterol. On the other hand, LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, can significantly increase your chances of developing coronary artery disease or of having a heart attack or a stroke. Let's take a closer look at the process through which excess LDL can lead to these serious consequences. When someone has high cholesterol, it can lead to a buildup of fatty plaque along the walls of the body's arteries, small vessels that carry blood to the heart. This process is called atherosclerosis and has different consequences depending on which artery is affected. When atherosclerosis occurs in the coronary arteries leading to the heart, the flow of vital, oxygen-rich blood to the heart is restricted. This is called coronary artery disease, a condition suffered by seven million American adults. The earliest symptoms of coronary artery disease are usually shortness of breath and chest pain, which is called angina. Episodes of angina most commonly occur after physical exertion, when the heart's need for oxygen is increased beyond what can be provided by the restricted blood flow. Sometimes, the build-up of plaque is so severe that the arties become completely blocked, cutting off blood flow to the heart. This causes the death of heart muscle cells, which is called a heart attack. The symptoms of a heart attack differ for everyone, but many people describe the pain they've experienced as radiating outwards and leading to the back, throat, or jaw. Severe pain in the left arm is another commonly reported symptom. A distinct shortage of breath, weakness and dizziness are also signs that you may be experiencing a heart attack and should seek emergency medical assistance. Atherosclerosis can affect the arteries leading to the brain, too, which can result in a stroke. A person suffering a stroke will often report losing sensation or feeling weak in one side of their body. Sudden dizziness or loss of coordination, and difficulty speaking or comprehending are also signs of stroke. Coronary artery disease, stroke and heart attack can all result in death, so it is important to take steps to keep your cholesterol at a normal level. If you're worried about your cholesterol, or if you have a family history of high cholesterol, please make an appointment with your doctor.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-27 | Tags »
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