A Norwegian study of more than 40,000 middle-aged men and women found that high cholesterol levels were associated with increased risk of suffering a first heart attack, particularly among men. "The use of lifestyle modification and statin therapy is one of the most effective, cost-effective and high-value therapeutic approaches to prevent cardiovascular events and prolong life in men as well as women," University of California at Los Angeles cardiologist Gregg Fonarow said. The findings appear in the journal Epidemiology.

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