Heart Disease Community
DO I NEED STATINS
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

DO I NEED STATINS

Mid fifties with no evidence of heart disease.  I'm in great shape but father died of heart problems in 70's and grandfathers in their forties and fifties.  I WAS on a Statin - Provochol - and Total Cholesterol was about 175, with LDL of 100, HDL of 57 and Triglycerides of about 73.  

I went off the Statin and now, two months later, Totoal Cholesterol is up to about 196, LDL at 123, Triglycerides at 84 and HDL at 56.  

I was hoping lifestyle changes would be enough but apparently not.  The question is are these results significant enough to go back on the Statin to prevent Heart Disease?
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
159619_tn?1318997813
Your numbers look fine, I would only be concerned as you are at the upper limits of normal with a strong family history of CAD. For that reason alone, some doctors will recommend statin therapy.

Hope this helps,

Jon
Blank
976897_tn?1379171202
I don't know if anyone is telling you any different, but if you lived in the UK or Europe, your levels would be classed as 'excellent'.
We aim to have LDL lower than 4.0mmol/L yours is 3.2
We aim to have trigs lower than 1.2mmol/L yours is 0.9
We aim to have HDL greater than 1mmol/L yours is 1.4

My opinion, stay clear of statins, you don't need them. I'm on statins with levels similar to yours now and my disease is not progressing any more. It is the general opinion of Doctors in the UK that if cholesterol is lowered much more than this, then other parts of the body start to suffer, such as memory loss.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
5268376_tn?1406183312
Blank
Navywife21113 worried Comment
Jul 23
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
kmlksl66_ commented on An Insider’s Guide to...
Jul 21
139792_tn?1299416777
Blank
Dalubaba commented on Ellen038's status
Jul 21
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA