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An End to Heart Disease? Not Quite

News Analysis Imagine you have a high risk of heart disease. Maybe you even have had a heart attack or a stroke. Since then you have done everything you can to stay healthy: you exercise, track your blood pressure, take a statin.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
Not mentioned in the article is a recent article (Ravnskov et al BMJ Open
2016;6:e010401) that demonstrated there is no association and potentially an inverse association between LDL cholesterol and all-cause mortality.  If you are really interested in lowering cholesterol, then lowering insulin will decrease the production of cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol.  However, the bottom line is the real driver of a heart attack is not LDL cholesterol, but increased inflammation.

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