Items Tagged ‘LDL’

From 'dead on the road' to healthy and active

January 17, 2019

From ‘dead on the road’ to healthy and active

By uclahealth uclahealth

On Feb. 22, 2016, Michael Bannon was taking his daily morning bike ride when tragedy struck. Somewhere along his one hour route through Santa Monica, Bannon, now 57, suffered a massive heart attack and was left “dead on the road,” he says. A passerby found him and started chest compressions; then emergency personnel resuscitated him […]

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Tags: cardiology, cholesterol, Dr. Melkon Hacobian, Dr. Peyman Benharash, LDL, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, patient story, plant-based diet, The Checkup, UCLA Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program, weight loss


Ask the Doctors - Could coconut oil lower my cholesterol?

June 26, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Could coconut oil lower my cholesterol?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: I’m 75, healthy, and want to stay that way in spite of a bad family history regarding hearts and arteries. I have taken 10 milligrams of Lipitor for several years, but am wondering if I should try coconut oil to lower my cholesterol. We seem to be seeing a sudden rise in the […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, canola oil, cholesterol, coconut oil, coronary heart disease, Dr. Robert Ashley, lauric acid, LDL, olive oil, palmitic acid, saturated fat


Ask the Doctors - Which are better for cholesterol? Statins or fibrates?

June 6, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Which are better for cholesterol? Statins or fibrates?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: My friends and I are all getting older, and I’ve noticed that some of them are on statins to lower their cholesterol. My doctor chose a fibrate for me, Lopid (gemfibrozil). What’s the difference between statins and fibrates, and what’s special about Lopid? Statins and fibrates act in fundamentally different ways. Statins, more […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, blood cholesterol, cholesterol, cholesterol levels, Dr. Robert Ashley, fibrates, heart attack, LDL, statins, stroke, triglycerides


Ask the Doctors - Should I worry about a possible link  between statins and cancer?

April 21, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I worry about a possible link between statins and cancer?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctor: Does my cholesterol medication increase my risk of cancer? I assume you’re asking about statins, the most commonly prescribed type of cholesterol-lowering medication. These drugs, which work by lowering cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, are generally regarded as both safe and effective.  They’re so effective that widespread statin use, along with a decline […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cancer risk, cholesterol, Dr. Robert Ashley, HDL, heart attacks, LDL, statins


A few facts about rheumatology at UCLA

June 15, 2017

A few facts about rheumatology at UCLA

By Enrique Rivero Enrique Rivero

Most people think of rheumatology as the study of joint disorders, such as arthritis, but they may not know just how broad the field really is. Because rheumatologic disorders also affect blood vessels, organs and a host of other body parts, rheumatology research delves down into the effects on those systems as well. At UCLA, […]

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Tags: arthritis, bad cholesterol, cholesterol, Dr. John Fitzgerald, fibromyalgia, good cholesterol, gout, HDL, inflammatory diseases, joint pain, LDL, microbiome