Tag Archives: Cholesterol

Heart Healthy Products

Eat for Health

Your cholesterol may be creeping up, but research shows that eating foods fortified with plant sterols can help. ... More
Drug Options to Keep Cholesterol in Check

Drug Options to Keep Cholesterol in Check

If considering a switch from Zetia, which blocks the absorption of LDL “bad” cholesterol in the gut, to Niaspan, a B vitamin that raises HDL “good” cholesterol, new research supports the decision. In a study of the two prescription drugs, Niaspan was better than Zetia at shrinking buildups in neck arteries. Niaspan may be taken […] ... More
Omega-3 Tackles Her Triglycerides

Omega-3 Tackles Her Triglycerides

Dear Dr. SerVaas, In response to Margaret Coy in your March/April 2009 issue, I would have to say that taking omega-3 definitely has a role in good health. My cholesterol has always been high, with triglycerides soaring above desired levels. Lipitor brought the LDL and HDL to appropriate levels but did not affect the triglycerides, […] ... More
A Heartfelt Thank You

A Heartfelt Thank You

Dear Dr. SerVaas, In your November/December 2008 issue I happened to read that leg and hand spasms could be caused by the cholesterol medicines. I had been having such severe pains that I would have to pull over in traffic because I was afraid to drive with them. I tried eating bananas and all the […] ... More
Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease

I am nearly recovered from a mild stroke that my medical reports say was due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). I changed my diet, had physical therapy, and lost weight. I had to stop Lipitor for cholesterol (which is 125) because of nighttime leg cramps. Should I be doing more for my PAD? I have […] ... More
Keep a List

Keep a List

To J.B., Lipitor and Lescol work in nearly the same way to help decrease cholesterol levels in the body. Taking two medicines with similar mechanisms of action increases the risk of side effects. It is unlikely, however, that the combination caused the health conditions you mentioned. Other cholesterol-lowering drugs work in different ways and are […] ... More
Statins and Heart Health

Statins and Heart Health

I’ve read people with heart problems should not use statin drugs. I’m diabetic and on my second pacemaker. Our medical insurance is suggesting that I change from Lipitor to the statin drug simvastatin. Please inform me if this should be done. On the contrary, statins are routinely taken by people with heart problems to lower […] ... More

The Future of Medicine is Now

The inventor tinkering in a garage and coming up with a better mousetrap is a cherished American image. These days, that tinkering is likely to take place at a sophisticated computer or high-powered microscope. But no matter how they do their work, scientists continue to come up with ingenious and useful advances. Here are a […] ... More
Statin Safety

Statin Safety

The FDA is repeating earlier warnings that certain statins to lower cholesterol do not mix with amiodarone, a drug prescribed to treat an irregular heartbeat. Amiodarone blocks an enzyme that breaks down some statins. This action leads to an increased risk of muscle and kidney damage called rhabdomyolysis in people taking both drugs. As a […] ... More