Menopause Causes Cholesterol Jump, Study Shows

Getty Images FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2009 (Health.com) — Doctors have known for years that a woman’s risk of developing heart disease rises after menopause, but they weren’t exactly sure why. It wasn’t clear whether ...

Why the Day After Christmas Is Hazardous to Your Heart

If you aren’t careful, your holiday fun could quickly turn fatal. (ISTOCKPHOTO) December 26 is historically one of the most dangerous days of the year for people vulnerable to cardiac problems, including heart attacks, arrhythmias, ...

Statins May Worsen Heart Failure for Some

Istockphoto WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2009 (Health.com) — It’s widely known that cholesterol-lowering statins can benefit patients with heart disease, but a new study suggests they may actually harm some people with heart failure. Heart ...

Lower Cholesterol May Lessen Risk of Some Cancers

Getty Images THURSDAY, Nov. 5 (Health.com) — Most people know that healthy cholesterol levels can help protect your heart. But new research suggests another potential benefit: a lower risk of developing some types of cancer. In ...

Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements: What Works, What Doesn’t

(GETTYIMAGES) If you’re looking for an all-natural way to lower your cholesterol—in addition to watching what you eat and exercising—there are plenty of dietary supplements on the market that claim to do the trick. ...

Atherosclerosis: An Artist's Rendering

Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries, the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to our organs and tissues (including heart muscle tissue). It is a type of arteriosclerosis, the term for any stiffening of the ...

The Top 5 Cholesterol Myths

American men rank 83rd in the world in average total cholesterol. (ISTOCKPHOTO) Even if you think you know everything there is to know about cholesterol, there may be a few more surprises in store. Check out these common myths about ...

Atherosclerosis Can Cause Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease, is the most common cause of death in men and women in the United States. Coronary artery disease is caused by a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries that supply the heart ...

Plaque in Your Arteries Can Cause a Heart Attack

Atherosclerosis is a process in which fatty plaque can build up in the body’s arteries, usually due to a combination of genetics, high levels of cholesterol, smoking, and other lifestyle factors. Atherosclerosis can even start in childhood, ...

Atherosclerosis Can Cause a Stroke

A occurs when the brain doesn’t receive the oxygen that it needs. Atherosclerosis, a condition in which excess cholesterol in the bloodstream causes arteries to narrow and harden, can cause a stroke. In atherosclerosis, LDL cholesterol ...