New Cholesterol Guidelines

The new guidelines for the Management of Blood Cholesterol issued in 2018 focus on the doctor-patient relationship as well as diet and lifestyle.

According to C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, American College of Cardiology (ACC) president, “high cholesterol treatment is not one size fits all, and this guideline strongly establishes the importance of personalize care. By providing a treatment roadmap for clinicians, we are giving them the tools to help their patients understand and manage their risk and live longer, healthier lives.”

25 years ago, people basically said “Know your cholesterol.” About 10 years ago, the focus shifted to risk. That was amplified five years ago. Now it’s not only know your risk, but let’s personalize your risk.

In addition to traditional risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and high blood sugar, the new guidelines add factors like family history and ethnicity, as well as certain health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease, chronic inflammatory conditions, premature menopause, or pre-eclampsia and high lipid biomarkers. They also recommend coronary artery calcium scores as a second-line decision-making tool with patients when determining whether to use statins.

Knowing your cholesterol level and your risk factors as well as leading a heart-healthy lifestyle is important in preventing heart attack and stroke. You can learn more at


Recipe of the Week:

This root vegetable soup, cleverly called “Orange Soup” takes the standard Butternut Squash Soup up a notch and is very comforting on a cold winter night.

Quote of the Week:

“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”

Brené Brown



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