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What are the causes of atrial fibrillation and can it be transient. I am a 60 yr old male with treated hypertension and elevated cholesterol.?

What are the causes of atrial fibrillation and can it be transient. I am a 60 yr old male with treated hypertension and elevated cholesterol.?

We don't really know: Af can be due to normal wear and tear as occurs in HTN and the aging process. Aging causes insertion of non-conducting tissue (scar) between normal heart cells which is bad. All old people get this but not all old people get af. Why? We know that nests of cells fire crazily at times triggering af. These nests are frequently located in pulmonary veins. But why, and what triggers them? ...Read more

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Triglyceride (Definition)

Fats from animal products contain these molecules which are made of three fat chains attached to a molecule called glycerol. They circulate in the blood stream and are used as building blocks and repair materials by your cells. Too many of them can contribute to plaque build ...Read more


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I have moderately elevated cholesterol levels, and am prescribe statin drugs. Which control it nicely, but cause erectile dysfunction. Alternatives?

I have moderately elevated cholesterol levels, and am prescribe statin drugs. Which control it nicely, but cause erectile dysfunction. Alternatives?

Different dose or me: Compliance with medication is affected when problems arise, especially ed. Try switching to a different statin, lower the dose & combine with another cholesterol medication. Consider a stress test b/c ED and coronary artery blockage are connected. Decrease your animal fat including dairy and eat more plants. Add coq10 200mg to help with statin side effects and fish oil to help with triglyceride. ...Read more

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If im anemic and have elevated cholesterol due to under treated hypothyroidism, what are my chance of having a heart attack or stroke?

If im anemic and have elevated cholesterol due to under treated hypothyroidism, what are my chance of having a heart attack or stroke?

Whoa: You're almost a grown woman. If you are anemic, it needs to be treated -- the cause needs to be identified first. If you are hypothyroid, your life is going to go bad unless this is managed, and the cause needs to be found as well. If your cholesterol is up, this needs to be managed as well. Don't ask "why is my risk?" but say "putting myself willfully in danger is foolish.". ...Read more

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Can taking a statin for elevated cholesterol, increase my fibro pain?

Can taking a statin for elevated cholesterol, increase my fibro pain?

Yes: As statin therapy can cause art heavies and myalgias so it can enhance your fibromyalgia symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I control my cholesterol level other than exercise and take drugs if I have hypercholesterolemia?

How can I control my cholesterol level other than exercise and take drugs if I have hypercholesterolemia?

You don't: Diet is most often not successful. I cannot emphasize enough the long term value of statins in preventing coronary heart disease. You are playing with your life if you rely on alternative therapies. ...Read more

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I have elevated cholesterol levels, is it safe to take pills with phytosterols/phytostanils on a daily basis, and do they really work?

I have elevated cholesterol levels, is it safe to take pills with phytosterols/phytostanils on a daily basis, and do they really work?

see details: If your lipids are significantly elevated, you should be on a statin. The agents you list may lower LDL levels a bit but there is no scientific evidence that they lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Statins do. ...Read more

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I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage i have done so far to arteries. ?

I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage i have done so far to arteries. 
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High cholesterol: Hi. Total cholesterol is a fairly uninformative number, and treatment decisions should not be based on it. It helps to know your overall profile. If "high" is due to HDL, no problem. If "high" is due to LDL, that is a risk for atherosclerosis. Are your triglycerides high or normal? Hi triglycerides correlate with low HDL, which is another risk for atherosclerosis. So without more information... ...Read more

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Are chicken and turkey bad for elevated cholesterol ?

Are chicken and turkey bad for elevated cholesterol ?

Not if broiled,,: Chicken and turkey are not bad for cholesterol, especially if they are broiled and roasted respectively. This is likely to remove most of the fat under the skin and keep the meat lean. It also helps not to have fried chicken or heavy gravy with your turkey so that you don't add unnecessary fat and salt to the meal. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I used to have elevated cholesterol but now have great levels. Never took meds for it but have lost weight unintentionally. What causes this?

I used to have elevated cholesterol but now have great levels. Never took meds for it but have lost weight unintentionally. What causes this?

Good ; Wrong Issue: Chol.: a fat molecule made by every animal cell, building block of each cell membrane, fundamental to survival of every animal cell ; movement, promoted as surrogate maker for lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) for ?$. When more body fat, more fats being transported ; lipoproteins (often also chol estimations) worse. With ?ed body fat, lipoproteins better. ...Read more

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Hypercholesterolemia (Definition)

Hypercholesterolemia is the condition of having a high cholesterol ...Read more