New cholesterol drugs: An alternative to statins

For most people struggling with high cholesterol, a prescription for a statin medication is enough to help lower their numbers with relatively few problems. But for some, the side effects outweigh the benefits of statin use. “There is a tremendous unmet need” beyond statins, said Dr. Robert S. Rosenson, director of the Cardiometabolics Unit at … Continue reading New cholesterol drugs: An alternative to statins

WATCH: The Greatest Drug Breakthrough Since Penicillin?

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Some people are calling statins, a class of medications that lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, the greatest drug breakthrough since Penicillin. Others though, are cautioning about the overuse of these drugs and potential side effects. With new guidelines recommending an increase … Continue reading WATCH: The Greatest Drug Breakthrough Since Penicillin?

Should everyone be on cholesterol medicine?

“If you’re not on medicine to lower your cholesterol yet, you might be soon,” says Matt Sloane of CNN in a recent article regarding some new cholesterol treatment guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The recently released guidelines are set to change the way high-cholesterol individuals are treated and … Continue reading Should everyone be on cholesterol medicine?

Are statins safe treatment for high cholesterol?

As a cardiologist, I often get many questions related to “statin” medications. These are the medications primarily used in treating high-cholesterol disorders. There are a number of medications now available under brand names of Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor, just to name a few. For medications that have been tested in tens of thousands of patients, these … Continue reading Are statins safe treatment for high cholesterol?