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Cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) causes the most deaths in Western countries overall, and the vast majority of premature deaths. Statins have been the cornerstone of how we treat people at risk of such deaths, and they’ve made a huge difference to survival rates.

The presence of any coronary artery calcium (CAC), even at low levels, in individuals 32 to 45 years old predicts coronary heart disease (CHD) events and all-cause mortality later in life, suggests new research.

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More research suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with either virgin olive oil or mixed nuts enhances the function of HDL cholesterol.