SPOTLIGHT: Drops in heart attacks, LDL cholesterol levels

Preventative strategies and cholesterol fighting drugs are paying off in decreased cholesterol levels and reduced hospital admission for heart attacks, find a pair of important new studies. A report being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today finds that LDL cholesterol, known as "bad cholesterol," fell 4.5 percent in the last decade, with the average level dropping to 123 from 129. A second report by Solucient notes that hospital admissions for heart attacks have fallen nearly 6 percent since 2000. Article (Wall Street Journal sub. req.)