(American Heart Association) Lea en español Cholesterol can be confusing. But understanding it could help you live a longer, healthier life. So in honor of Cholesterol Education Month, we asked a pair of experts to clear up five common questions. Do my blood cholesterol numbers matter? “The answer is yes,” said Dr. Neil J. Stone,…

(AndrewSoundarajan, Getty Images) Women are less likely than men to be treated with cholesterol-lowering statins – or get them prescribed at guideline-recommended intensity levels when they do, according to a new study that also looked at reasons behind the discrepancies. Statins help reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular events by lowering…

(SCIENCEPRO/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, but not all forms of it are the same. An underdiagnosed genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia can cause dangerously high levels of cholesterol at an early age. While scientists have determined FH is caused by genetic mutations that affect the body’s…

(Image Source/Getty Images) LDL cholesterol – the so-called “bad” cholesterol – is known to narrow arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It’s also now suspected of contributing to venous thromboembolism, new research suggests. The preliminary study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions, looked at genes and proteins…

Carl Korfmacher and his sons inherited high cholesterol. The Korfmacher family (from left): Sons, Henry and Owin; dad, Carl; mom, Krista; and Carl’s mom, Louise. (Photo courtesy of Carl Korfmacher) Carl Korfmacher was 9 years old when his father, Ron, returned from the Mayo Clinic for a checkup in the early 1970s. Though he was…