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Skip Fasting Before a Cholesterol Test, Study Says

Posted on 11/14/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWe’re supposed to fast for eight to 12 hours before having our blood tested for cholesterol, but wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to forgo breakfast and that first cup of coffee? Well, maybe we can. A new study suggests that most of us can skip fasting and still get accurate cholesterol measurements. The study, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, says fasting before the test has little impact on the results. Lipid, or fat, levels …

5 Heart Tests You Don’t Need, 4 You Do

Posted on 03/14/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow heart smart are you? Do you know what your gums have to do with your heart? Or what the most dangerous day of the year is for a heart attack? Or the best type of pet for someone who has had a heart attack? And what about some of those tests your doctor might want to order, like a heart calcium scan or an exercise stress tests — do you really need them? Nationally known heart experts Steven Nissen, …