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Prevention of high cholesterol

Many cases of high cholesterol can be prevented just by following a healthy lifestyle. If the cholesterol is too high or it does not respond to healthy lifestyle alone, medication — in conjunction with behavioral changes — is warranted. Key ...

Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome occurs if three or more medical conditions coexist at the same time. The conditions are high blood pressure, high triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, low HDL and large waist.

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is a common, but often undetected, condition that can result from excessive buildup of plaque in the arteries, particularly in the legs.

Stress and heart disease

Melissa Blount, 46, put her treatment for high cholesterol on hold. She was trying to have another child, but her efforts several years ago almost cost her her life.

Heart attack and stroke

Heart attack and stroke are two of the most common complications from high cholesterol. In both conditions, cholesterol in the arteries blocks energy and nutrients to the organs.

High cholesterol: Common and silent

Although cholesterol has a bad reputation, it is actually essential to the body and a part of every cell. If it accumulates in the arteries, however, it can block access to energy and nutrients the organs need to survive.

Risk factors of high cholesterol

A risk factor is a characteristic that increases the likelihood of developing a particular condition. It is not a guarantee, however, that it will develop. Some risk factors related to high cholesterol can be controlled or monitored.

Screening tests for cholesterol

It is recommended that screening for cholesterol begin at age 20 and be repeated every three to five years. Those of higher risk, such as those with diabetes, heart disease, stroke or a family history of high cholesterol, may get ...

Healthy lifestyles not high on most people’s list

Only 2.7 percent of adults in the U.S. follow the four behaviors of a healthy lifestyle. While not smoking is the most common behavior observed, maintaining a healthy weight is the least.

How old is your heart?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asks a strange question on their website — “how old is your heart”? That doesn’t seem to make much sense. Surely if you’re 40, your heart is 40 as well. But, according to ...

Universal screening recommended for depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. Yet, it often goes undiagnosed or untreated. It is a leading cause of suicide.

A step closer to ovarian cancer screening

Although ovarian cancer is rare, it is the fifth deadliest form of cancer in women. To date, a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer has not been developed.

Roxbury Presbyterian Church offers trauma education program

The Roxbury Presbyterian Church’s Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program is a new approach to healing from trauma that provides a safe space in which people share their stories, learn about the impact of trauma, and give and receive support for ...

Glaucoma: The silent thief of sight

Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness in this country. There is no cure for glaucoma, but it can be treated with medicine and surgery.

The flu: Will antibiotics work?

Antibiotics are often prescribed for people suffering from the flu. However, antibiotics are designed to treat infections from bacteria. The flu, on the other hand, is a virus and does not respond to antibiotics.