These people have galloping proression of their cholesterol deposits, which will eventually lead to heart disease, and the average physician is not picking it up.
Q: The National Cholesterol Education Programs says that your risk of heart disease isn't high if your cholesterol is less than 200.
Q: How high should your HDL ["good"] cholesterol be"
A: Your total cholesterol divided by your HDL should be under 4.
In the drug-treated group, there was a26 percent reduction in total cholesterol, a 43 percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and a 37 percent increase in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
When given in large doses, niacin, which is one of the B complex vitamins, lowers total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, while raising HDL cholesterol.
Scientists are hopeful that another drug group, which inhibits an enzyme important in cholesterol synthesis, will be better tolerated by the body.
But what of the one out of four Americanswho, according to NHLBI scientists, have elevated cholesterol levels yet may have no symptoms of heart disease?