Does ‘good cholesterol’ really protect heart health?

Current notions may be inaccurate ‘Total HDL could mask significant risk’ Traditionally, our high-density lipoprotein levels — also known as “good cholesterol” — have been considered a good indicator of heart health, particularly for women. Increasingly, however, research is casting doubts over this idea. New research urges specialists to reassess existing notions about HDL cholesterol […]

‘Good cholesterol’ may not always be good

Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) — also known as ‘good cholesterol’ — according to a study led by researchers in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The findings, published today in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, a journal of the American Heart Association […]

Protective qualities of ‘good cholesterol’ reduce after menopause

Levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), which is known for its cardioprotective role, may not accurately represent cardiovascular risk in older women, according to research published today in ‘Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology’. Image Credit: marekuliasz / Shutterstock Cholesterol is essential for the normal functioning of the body, being needed for cell membranes and vital […]

Study: Postmenopausal factors may impact heart-protective qualities of ‘good cholesterol’

Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – also known as ‘good cholesterol’ – according to a study led by researchers in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The findings, published today in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, a journal of the American Heart Association […]

Poor air quality does not offset exercise’s heart benefits

Even in areas with moderate-to-high levels of traffic pollution, regular physical activity reduced the risk of first and recurrent heart attack, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “While exercise is known to reduce cardiovascular disease risk; pollution can increase […]