Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

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About Your HDL Cholesterol

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:23 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Of course, everyone has been told about the dangers of having a high level of LDL (bad) cholesterol. But the list of conditions comprising metabolic syndrome, which includes low HDL (good) cholesterol, shows that not having enough of it also is a problem. In fact, with all the emphasis on LDL cholesterol, this is a warning flag that is often ignored.

Numerous studies have shown that having low HDL cholesterol — identified as a level of below 40 in a man or below 50 in a woman — greatly increases a person’s risk of heart attack and heart disease, even in the absence of other cholesterol problems. For instance, one study found that people with low HDL cholesterol had three times the risk of premature heart disease, even when their LDL cholesterol and triglycerides were normal.

Why is this the case? Because HDL cholesterol acts as a scavenger — its job is to find bad LDL cholesterol and whisk it off to the liver, where it’s broken down and rendered harmless. Taking statin drugs will lower LDL cholesterol, but HDL is more difficult to boost.

A cocktail or a glass of wine each day is associated with a modest increase in HDL cholesterol. But you don’t necessarily need to drink alcohol to get this benefit; studies find a glass of organic grape juice works just as well.

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