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Statin Use On The Rise According To CDC

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More Americans than ever are taking cholesterol-lowering medications, federal health officials reported recently. The percentage of adults aged 40 and older taking drugs that combat high cholesterol rose from 20 percent to 28 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, the use of statins increased from 18 percent to 26 percent, …

Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study

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If all Americans had their high blood pressure controlled, 56,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes would occur each year. And 13,000 fewer people would die — without increasing health costs, a new study claims. However, 44 percent of U.S. adults with elevated blood pressure do not have it regulated, according to background information in the study. “If we would get …

Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?

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Study found an association for middle-aged people, but experts stress that heavy drinking is never healthy Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person’s odds for heart failure, a new study reveals. The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of wine, beer and/or spirits …

Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study

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Many folks in their 30s and 40s chow down on burgers, fried chicken and other fatty foods without fear, figuring they have years before they need to worry about their cholesterol levels. But new research reveals that long-term exposure to even slightly higher cholesterol levels can damage a person’s future heart health. People at age 55 who’ve lived with 11 …