Posts Tagged ‘cholesterol’

Worksite wellness for the health of it. Part 5

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

With medical costs per employee at $6,000, nearly twice the national average, Union Pacific Railroad introduced the concept of personal health management to its 28,000 employees. Beginning with a simple medical self-care initiative at a yearly cost of $50, the program achieved a net savings of $1.26 million. (more…)

Joan’s Journal, Part 1

Friday, July 13th, 2012

This week was fairly peaceful. I played tennis on Saturday and Monday, and it was utterly strenuous. I stretched out some, but I did not do the full set of stretches. Regretting it, I was sore for days, but it ultimately felt good once it subsided. It did force me to skip a weight session on Monday, though. (more…)

Statins Prevent Stroke in Heart Patients

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

We know that high cholesterol raises your risk for coronary artery disease, but what about for stroke? Most studies that have looked for a compelling link between cholesterol and stroke haven’t found one. Strangely, however, some research has found that taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may cut the risk of stroke. A large new study in the January 19 Circulation supports these findings, suggesting that statins may help heart patients avoid stroke, even if they have average cholesterol levels. (more…)

Recheck Cholesterol If Your Statin Changes

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Fluvastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin — it’s clear these cholesterol lowering agents are all members of the same class of drugs, not surprisingly termed statins. For various reasons often related to price, managed care plans will sometimes switch you from one statin to another. But statins aren’t interchangeable when it comes to their effect on cholesterol, an issue raised by a research letter in the December 5, 1998, Lancet. (more…)