Harvard Heart Letter

A more personalized approach to treating high cholesterol

New guidelines refine the recommendations for treating the leading causes of death and disability. Cholesterol, the waxy, fatlike substance that contributes to heart attacks and strokes, is among the best-known contributors to cardiovascular disease and with good reason. For decades, doctors have recommended blood cholesterol testing, often during annual checkups. Nearly one in three American adults has high levels of LDL, the most harmful type of cholesterol. Expert advice on managing…

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