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Lipid apheresis helps control chronic high cholesterol and FSGS

LDL apheresis can be a potentially lifesaving option for people with dangerously high cholesterol or who have focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Christopher Webb, M.D., explains how the procedure works.

Ask the cardiologist: Do fish oil supplements reduce the risk of heart disease?

Thinking about taking fish oil pills for heart health? See why eating fish, rather than taking supplements, is the best and most affordable way to get omega-3 fatty acids.

Pregnancy, statins, and high cholesterol: What women need to know

Though statins are proven to save lives, these cholesterol-lowering drugs are not considered safe for pregnant or breastfeeding patients. Get the facts about statins, hypercholesterolemia, and pregnancy in this week's Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

8 essential health screenings for chronic and seasonal conditions

Health screenings are often the first line of defense against chronic and seasonal illnesses, and physicians incorporate these vital tools to help uncover clues to everything from heart disease and diabetes to colon cancer and coronavirus. Learn about some of the most essential health screenings from one of UT Southwestern's infectious diseases experts.

Why are we still in the middle of a ‘statins war’?

As medical journals and websites debate who should take statins and the severity of their side effects, Dr. Hill says not to forget that they save lives.

2018 cholesterol guidelines: 4 updates patients need to know

In November 2018, the national cholesterol treatment guidelines were updated for the first time in five years. Two esteemed physicians from UT Southwestern coauthored the guidelines, and in this week’s blog they discuss what the updates mean for patients.

Four people who should see a preventive cardiologist

Dr. Amit Khera discusses how people in these four categories can benefit most from preventive cardiology to lower cholesterol and reduce their risk of heart disease.

10 truths about statins and high cholesterol

There are more misconceptions about statins on the Internet than there are truths. Our cardiologists answer 10 frequently asked questions.

New drugs approved for lowering cholesterol – and the story has roots at UT Southwestern

Can inactivating genetic mutations actually help lower cholesterol and heart disease risk? Two geneticists are determined to find out.

A new way of looking at ‘good’ cholesterol

Knowing how your cholesterol functions can help doctors determine your heart disease risk. A UT Southwestern cardiologist uses a garbage truck analogy to explain “cholesterol efflux.”

New cholesterol-lowering drugs show promising results in trials

Clinical trials have shown promising results for a class of drugs that could dramatically lower cholesterol and, in turn, reduce the risk of heart disease.

New study suggests the lower your LDL cholesterol, the better

Statins may not be the only option for patients with high cholesterol. Dr. Joseph Hill shares his reaction to a new study.

New cholesterol guidelines … Here’s what you should know

Unless you’ve been stranded on an island for the last 40 years, you probably know that having high cholesterol is bad for you. But the tricky part is figuring out who really needs medication to treat it, which one you should use, and what dosage is appropriate.