Stroke prevention by aggressive reduction in cholesterol levels

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Avatar m tn Slash Heart Disease Risk by 81 Percent For millions or people, statin drugs are the number one doctor-prescribed defense against heart disease. In fact, so many people take them that we spent $12.5 billion on Lipitor in 2006 alone. But brand new research reveals that they may seriously damage your health. That’s because statins significantly increase your risk of diabetes.
Avatar n tn There are special types of MRI that can easily distinguish between a stroke an dMS. Consider a second opinion by a stroke neurologist at a major academicor clinical center nearby. 2.Absolutely start cholesterol lowering medication such as lipitor especially because the protective effects of estrogen on your cholesterol level will soon be lost after menopause. This of course does NOT mean that estrogen replacement will lower your stroke risk.
Avatar n tn Again, your neurologist has had the opportunity to review her history in detail and see her MRI whereas I only have the info provided by you. But I would tend to be more aggressive in trying to figuring out what this could be. If it looks like a stroke, I would go about checking cholesterol levels, diabetes, carotid ultrasound, etc... to maximize stroke risk factor reduction. I would also start aspirin.
Avatar f tn Previous randomized trials of statin use for lowering cholesterol have shown, on average, significant reduction in strokes in both primary and secondary prevention of about 15 to 30%. Hence the 27% reduction in stroke incidence is in keeping with the prior observations. ************************************************************************************** Bottom line, there is a proven reduction in the risk of cardiac events with lower levels of serum LDL.
Avatar f tn In fact, countries with higher cholesterol levels had far fewer heart problems. In Japan, their cholesterol rose by 20% between 1958 and 1999 due to diet change. They used to have the highest rates of deaths from strokes. The mortality rate from stroke dropped seven fold and heart attacks dropped by 50%. Strange? when the claim is that fat causes these things. The big drug companies seem very good at keeping independant research under wraps, but the evidence is there for anyone to see.
Avatar f tn Primary prevention is a lot less effective than secondary prevention (as judged by the number needed to treat to prevent one stroke per year).Recent guidelines detail the evidence for primary prevention in stroke. Because stroke may indicate underlying atherosclerosis, it is important to determine the patient's risk for other cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease. Conversely, aspirin prevents against first stroke in patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction.
Avatar m tn Note that anti-fungal medications have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels! Research by Professor AV Costantini published in his book Fungalbionics showed that cholesterol binds fungal mycotoxins- making them less harmful." "Recent studies have shown no reductions in death in people over the age of 65 or people with no existing heart disease on statins (regardless of how much their cholesterol was lowered) and no benefit at all in women of any age.
Avatar n tn The HDL is good but not enough to not worry about the other levels. Keep working on the diet and exercise and if your levels are not improving in 6 mo to a year your doctor may want to consider adding a cholesterol medication.
Avatar n tn You have dangerously high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and you should have aggressive treatment to lower those levels. Diet is often used first with mild cholesterol elevations because only a modest decrease in cholesterol levels is needed. However, we know that even with the best diet in motivated patients, the cholesterol will only drop 10-15%. Ideally, your cholesterol should be < 200, your LDL cholesterol should be < 130, your triglycerides should be 45.
Avatar n tn Should I be working to lower my total cholesterol, or, because of my ratios are the current levels healthy? I do have a history of heart disease on both maternal and paternal sides of my family. Thank you for any information you can offer.
503607 tn?1275671579 On the other hand, vegetarians also get heart disease. Good luck with the diet and let us know if your cholesterol levels continue to improve by diet alone.
Avatar m tn Your cholesterol levels are elevated even for a young man. It is clearly related to the weight gain as you had mentioned. If this trend continues, you are indeed at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease such as heart attach or stroke. I recommend starting a diet and exercise program immediately, which may even help with improving your mood.
Avatar n tn Lowering cholesterol for secondary prevention, that is preventing second heart attacks in persons who already had had one, was next demonstrated in the eighties and primary prevention of heart attack and stroke (In persons who had never had a prior event) demonstrated in the nineties. The most recently published studies have demonstrated that lipid lowering therapy decreases cardiac events even in those persons with normal cholesterol.
Avatar m tn An elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level in the bloodstream increases the stickiness of blood, and contributes dramatically to the formation of clots and the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The European Atherosclerosis Society now urges doctors to check Lp(a) in patients at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease. The society says bringing a patient’s elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level under 50 mg/dL should be a treatment priority.
Avatar n tn HDL levels are effected by mainly by exercise and genetics. Increasing exercise increases HDL levels and decreased exercise lowers HDL levels. Q: Is there anything that has been known to increase HDL? A: Exercise has been shown to increase HDL levels as has small quantities (1/2 glass) of daily red wine. Niacin is the best drug therapy to increase HDL but it must be taken in sufficient quantities (i.e. 2- 4 grams per day) to have an effect.
Avatar m tn In 1994, the American Heart Association Task Force on Cholesterol Issues published a groundbreaking report about a link between total cholesterol levels of less than 160 mg/dL and an increase in deaths from trauma, some types of cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, and respiratory and infectious diseases. Since then, most additional research links very low cholesterol levels to an increased risk of depression, suicide, anxiety, impulsiveness and aggression in men and women, adolescents and adults alike.
Avatar n tn Diet will not work in everyone however as genetic makeup is also a factor in cholesterol levels. Therefore even thin people can have an elevated cholesterol. In some people medical treatment will need to be added to diet and exercise. Medical treatment of cholesterol includes resins which bind cholesterol, niacin, gemfibrazole (useful for elevated triglycerides) and statins (e.g. leschol, pravachol, mevacor, lipitor, baychol, zocor).
Avatar n tn Lowering cholesterol for secondary prevention, that is preventing second heart attacks in persons who already had had one, was next demonstrated in the eighties and primary prevention of heart attack and stroke (In persons who had never had a prior event) demonstrated in the nineties. The most recently published studies have demonstrated that lipid lowering therapy decreases cardiac events even in those persons with normal cholesterol.
Avatar m tn Welcome and thanks for your question. Your numbers look great, I wouldn't be concerned. They are on the low side, but mine have been that low and my cardiologist was fine with my numbers as well. Quick question, are these normal for you or are you on cholesterol lowering meds? Nice job!
1719603 tn?1331387212 Cholesterol Levels done by Daymark @ health dept
Avatar n tn Ideally, in this population of patients, the LDL cholesterol should be below 130 and the total cholesterol should be below 200. Diet and exercise at best will reduce cholesterol levels by 15%. Triglycerides have not been studied as thoroughly as cholesterol but there is growing evidence that high triglyceride levels (> 200) are independently associated with adverse cardiac outcomes.
Avatar n tn Lowering cholesterol for secondary prevention, that is preventing second heart attacks in persons who already had had one, was next demonstrated in the eighties and primary prevention of heart attack and stroke (In persons who had never had a prior event) demonstrated in the nineties. The most recently published studies have demonstrated that lipid lowering therapy decreases cardiac events even in those persons with normal cholesterol.
Avatar n tn HDL levels are effected by mainly by exercise and genetics. Increasing exercise increases HDL levels and decreased exercise lowers HDL levels. Q: Is there anything that has been known to increase HDL? A: Exercise has been shown to increase HDL levels as has small quantities (1/2 glass) of daily red wine. Niacin is the best drug therapy to increase HDL but it must be taken in sufficient quantities (i.e. 2- 4 grams per day) to have an effect.