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Eating foods and drinks with added phytosterols (plant stanols and sterols) is another way to drop your LDL. The American Heart Association recommends 2 to 3 grams a day of plant sterols to block the absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL by 5 to 10 percent.

Thomas L Matthew
(303) 652-8888
6800 N 79th St
Niwot, CO
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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David Neal Flitter, MD
(303) 861-3644
1000 Kearney St
Denver, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1975

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Gary Lee Snyder, MD
(970) 244-2482
425 Patterson Rd Ste 605
Grand Junction, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hosp And Med Ctr, Grand Jct, Co; Community Hosp, Grand Jct, Co
Group Practice: Western Slope Cardiology

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Susan M Polizzi
(303) 750-0822
1444 S Potomac St
Aurora, CO
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Melvin Carmen Almodovar, MD
(617) 355-6000
4200 E 9th Ave
Denver, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1993

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Gary Lee Snyder
(970) 244-2482
425 Patterson Rd
Grand Junction, CO
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Scott Richard Valent, MD
(720) 284-3900
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1990

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Arthur J Rabinowitz, MD
(719) 564-1544
1925 E Orman Ave Ste A640
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Parma Comm General Hospital, Cleveland, Oh; Marymount Hospital, Garfield Hts, Oh
Group Practice: Westside Heart

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Peter Warren Levitt, MD
(303) 788-7370
499 E Hampden Ave Ste 250
Englewood, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1971

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(720) 284-3900
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1984

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Elevated Cholesterol

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By Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH

Q. My total cholesterol is normal, but my LDL (“bad cholesterol”) is elevated. Should I worry?

A. The short answer: Probably, but it depends on your HDL (good cholesterol) and triglyceride (the fat in your bloodstream) readings. Some doctors believe a high HDL (60 or more) cancels out the bad effects of a high LDL. However, researchers know an elevated LDL makes it harder for HDL to do its job. Think of LDL as a dump truck that drops trash on the street (blocking your arteries) and HDL as the street sweeper that cleans it up. If there are more dump trucks than street sweepers, the street will be congested. So I never like a patient’s LDL to be elevated, even when he or she has a high HDL or low triglycerides.

The good news: Simple changes can reduce your bad cholesterol and increase the good. For example, exercising for 30 minutes or more, four to five days a week, can lower LDL. In addition, recent research from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the Mediterranean diet—low in saturated and trans fat, higher in healthy unsaturated fats, and lower in calories—reduces LDL cholesterol significantly better than other diets. This diet is rich in vegetables, lean fish, and chicken and low in red meat. A really low- or no-fat diet does a good job of lowering LDL at times, but may also unfortunately reduce HDL. Choose foods high in soluble fiber—whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds—to reduce your LDL level. I recommend cereals that contain 10 to 15 grams of total fiber with several tablespoons of regular or golden flaxseed powder sprinkled on top. (Golden flax contains nearly twice the fiber as regular flax.) This will give you almost 20 grams of fiber in one bowl. Bonus: A low-fat, high-fiber breakfast provides lasting energy and lowers blood pressure—two big heart-healthy changes.

Eating foods and drinks with added phytosterols (plant stanols and sterols) is another way to drop your LDL. The American Heart Association recommends 2 to 3 grams a day of plant sterols to block the absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL by 5 to 10 percent.
But here’s the most important piece of advice: Heart disease can kill in an instant, so reduce your elevated LDL now because the potential health consequences of waiting simply aren’t worth it.

Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH, is the author of Dr. Moyad’s No Bogus Science Health Advice
(Ann Arbor Media Group, October 2008).

4 Ways to Lower Cholesterol
∗ Niacin (a minimum of 100 to 200 mg a day) raises HDL and lowers LDL and triglycerides.
∗ Vitamin C (500 to 1,000 mg per day) can reduce inflammation in the arteries.
∗ Fish oil (500 to 1,000 mg daily) is another inflammation fighter.
∗ Red yeast rice extract (600 to 1,200 mg a day) can lower the production of cholesterol in the liver within a few weeks.

Author: Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH

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