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Noted genetic researcher Musunuru working on heart disease vaccine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While some people are prone to heart disease despite healthy lifestyles, some others seem immune to the world’s leading cause of death – even if they smoke, don’t exercise or have high blood pressure or other proven health risks.

“Some people are simply born with genes […]

Inherited high cholesterol increases long-term risks of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who have high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder are much more likely than those with average cholesterol levels to have diseases caused by hardening of the arteries, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is due to a […]

New research could help predict future heart attacks and strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study Discovery grants to more precise treatments and prevention for heart disease.

In the world of arteries, LDL cholesterol is public enemy No. 1 — with good reason. It’s the kind that contributes to artery-clogging […]

New calculations expose racial differences for inherited high cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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He was healthy, fit and two months away from being married. So Chad Gradney wrote off the recurring pain in his rib cage as anxiety related to his father’s recent death from a heart attack. Then one day in April 2005 severe chest […]

Overlooked genetic snippets may control cholesterol, fat levels in the blood

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

Using powerful genetic survey techniques in an innovative way, researchers have uncovered four tiny snippets of genetic material that affect the […]

New drugs slash bad cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances in 2015 as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

The blockbuster drugs known as statins are teaming with a new medication to lower the level of bad LDL […]

Powerful cholesterol drug awaits FDA’s decision

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A second in a new class of drugs that sharply lowers cholesterol is set for federal approval by Thursday – a “game-changer” for the hardest-to-treat patients who are in danger of heart attacks and strokes.

For people with familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, a genetic condition that […]

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

FDA approves new cholesterol drug

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time in decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a major new class of medicines to lower cholesterol, and thereby protect against heart attacks.

Praluent (alirocumab) from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals received approval and a second drug, Repatha (evolocumab) from […]

July 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |4 Comments

More college-age kids would take statins under pediatric guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For children and adults with elevated levels of “bad” cholesterol, guidelines are available to point physicians to the most appropriate treatment. But for patients who are no longer children but not quite yet adults, knowing which recommendations to follow hasn’t been clear-cut.

Now, a new study […]

April 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gospel singer’s new tune praises importance of being heart healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gospel singer LaJaye’ Britt always kept one foot in the music world and another in the medical field.

Whether performing on stage or working as a technician with dialysis and cardiac patients, Britt was totally in tune with others. Then, one day last May, it was time […]

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