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HDL cholesterol can be boosted by taking niacin or a fibrate, but there are possible side effects to these medications. Lifestyle changes like exercising, losing weight, and paying attention to diet should help boost HDL.
The hsCRP test measures the blood level of C-reactive protein, an
indicator of inflammation. Whether or not the test is worthwhile
depends on a person's level of cardiovascular risk and whether
there is a family history of heart disease.
Treatment for cancer may have unwanted effects on the heart.
Depending on the type of cancer and the type of treatment, these
can include irregular heart rhythm, inflammation,
atherosclerosis, or an increased risk of blood clots. "If you are
undergoing treatment for cancer, the best thing you can do is pay
attention to your body," advises Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh, who chairs
the cardiology department at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in
Houston. If you are short of breath or develop chest pain or
swelling in your legs, tell your oncologist so he or she can
immediately refer you to a cardiologist. "It's all about
collaboration, driven by the patient," says Dr. Yeh.
The Food and Drug Administration offers guidelines on how to
properly dispose of leftover medications.
People with hypertension who are unsuccessful at controlling it
with medications may benefit from a low-salt diet.
Quitting smoking, even after a heart attack, will likely increase
a person's longevity, and even cutting back on cigarettes is
Cardiologists offer advice to people with cardiovascular
conditions who are traveling on cruise ships.
A lack of interest in sexual activity may be connected to
Brief reports on a link between heart transplants and higher risk
of skin cancer, the possibility that drinking coffee or tea may
slightly lower the risk of diabetes, and atherosclerosis in
I tried taking niacin to increase my HDL but didn't like the
flushing it caused. A friend told me about no-flush niacin, which
works like a charm. Why not tell your readers about it?
Six months after having my knee replaced, I developed an
arrhythmia. I know of this happening to others, including a
friend who developed an arrhythmia after having his hip replaced.
Does joint replacement surgery often cause heart rhythm problems?