American Heart Association

AHA statement: Manage interactions with statins, heart disease drugs


Heart disease patients should inform their healthcare providers of all drugs they’re taking to manage interactions with cholesterol-lowering medicine, a new American Heart Association statement recommends.

“Healthcare providers and their patients who take statins need to be aware that these medications could interact with their other […]

Looking at daughters’ experimental treatment, mom makes amazing discovery


The latest research news in heart health didn’t start in a lab, a hospital or a doctor’s office.

It all began with one smart mom, sitting at home reading scientific journals.

Chris Hempel of Reno, Nevada, was the catalyst behind a study published in April in Science […]

Taking blood pressure medication and statin for cholesterol slashed risk for some patients


CHICAGO – A few years after new guidelines recommended that several million more Americans take a cholesterol-lowering drug to reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke, an extensive international investigation has come to a similar conclusion.

The study known as HOPE-3 sought to […]

Research: Insurance key to statin use among at-risk Hispanics


Having health insurance is a key predictor of whether Hispanics at high risk for heart disease use cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

It is one of the first studies to document differences in the […]

New drugs slash bad cholesterol


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 […]

Two studies support cholesterol guidelines


The latest cholesterol guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are more accurate in determining who should take statins to lower their risk of heart attack and stroke, and are also beneficial when it comes to healthcare costs, according to […]

Poor response to cholesterol drugs may indicate blocked arteries

If your “bad” cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Low density lipoprotein cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because […]

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Football legend Kurt Warner manages his cholesterol risk like a pro

Kurt Warner was in the middle of his professional football career when a routine annual physical revealed some unsettling results.

The Super Bowl winner and two-time NFL MVP had high cholesterol.

“It was a shock,” Kurt Warner said, adding that he believed cholesterol was based only on diet and exercise.

Warner, along […]

Risk assessment calculator accurately predicts heart attacks, strokes

The 10-year heart attack and stroke risk assessment calculator  published by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology accurately predicts risk and does a good job at ranking people most likely to have future cardiovascular events, according to a new analysis published in the Journal of the […]

About 12.8 million more adults eligible for discussions with their physicians to determine if statins are appropriate treatment

About 12.8 million more adults would be eligible for statin drugs under new guidelines designed to help doctors prescribe the cholesterol-lowering therapies, which should lead to risk discussions with their physicians to determine if it is an appropriate treatment, say guideline writers and the American Heart Association.

The 12.8 million […]