heart disease

  • A Change of Heart

    Ever since the 1950s, when the Framingham Heart Study established a correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks, doctors have focused on lowering cholesterol as a way to prevent heart disease. For years they’ve told us to accomplish this by eating a low-fat diet and exercising and, if that failed, by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.

    A new wave of doctors is relvolutionizing the way Western medicine prevents and treats heart disease. Here's what you need to know to keep your heart healthy for many beats to come.
    By James Keough
  • Spotlight on High Cholesterol

    On a routine visit to his doctor, Jerry Richardson*, a 54-year-old executive, got the unsettling news that his number was up: His total cholesterol level had soared to 280, well above the normal cutoff point of 199.

    What do almonds, tea, soybeans, and exercise have in common?
    By Christie Aschwanden