Cholesterol Personal Stories

Updated:Mar 3,2016

Real patients share their experiences with lowering their cholesterol levels.

Linda Peña
Growing up on the U.S.-Mexico border, Linda Peña never thought twice about the cholesterol-laden fried beef tacos that were a staple in her family. Find out what changed her mind.

Ron and Janie's Story
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Ron and Janie James made a commitment to their heart health after seeing a photo of themselves hugging at a party. "We looked like sumo wrestlers," Janie said. Read Ron and Janie's story.

B. Michael Thorne
When Mike Thorne was 40, his doctor told him he had the coronary arteries of a 65-year-old. That was 20 years ago. Mike took the warning to heart and his efforts have paid off. Read Mike's story.

Jim Zanos
Jim thought he was healthy until he had a cholesterol screening. Then he knew he had to make some changes. "A lot of people take the 'I don't want to know' approach with their health," Jim said. Read Jim's story.

Elaine McCracken
If Elaine McCracken hadn't been diagnosed with focal myocarditis, she wouldn't have realized that her binge eating and lack of exercise was literally killing her. "I hate to exercise, but if I want to be around to see my kids grow up, I've got to stick with it." Read Elaine's story.


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