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Cholesterol - Final Thoughts

Cholesterol - Final Thoughts
By the time you finish reading these last few paragraphs, another person has died of heart disease. Heart disease remains the No. 1 disease killer among North Americans. An estimated 1.2 million Americans will have a new or recurrent heart attack this year (2008 figures from the AHA). As a cardiovascular researcher, I am troubled to know that nearly 50 percent of the time, a deadly heart attack occurs before emer-gency services or transport to a hospital can even take place. To ease the physical, emotional, and financial burden of this devastating disease, we need to look at reducing risk factors. High cholesterol is a key risk factor for developing heart disease.

In this booklet, I have outlined a comprehensive approach that utilizes early detection, diet, lifestyle, and dietary supplements to help manage healthy cholesterol levels. By using this proactive approach, it may be pos-sible to avoid prescription drugs that have side effects while safely reduc-ing elevated cholesterol and homocysteine levels.

It is critical that you work closely with your doctor. Although many car-diologists or general practitioners may not necessarily be inclined to uti-lize a more natural approach, it is still important to talk openly with your doctor about your desire to do so. Be sure to inform your doctor about everything you are taking, including all nutritional supplements.

If we are to reduce the number of deaths due to heart disease, we must first address reducing individual risk factors. In large part, heart disease is preventable, and existing heart problems, including high cholesterol, can be reversed. My hope is that the information in this booklet helps you and those you love avoid a heart attack and live a long and vital life.

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