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KayWoods, June 1,  2019  3:27pm EST

High LDL

Hello. Brand new to this forum. 60 yrs old. Had blood drawn in March. Very High LDL. Dr prescribed 10 mg Lipitor and referred me to a cardiologist. Since that time, I’ve lost about 5 lbs and have changed my eating habits. No bacon, very limited cheese, no egg yolks, limited butter. Cardiologist said to increase statin to 20 then he’d probably increase it to 40 then maybe 80. I was shocked and started to cry. (My hope is to get off of the statin.) He kind of back peddled, said he didn’t mean to startle me, and said increase to 20mg. He ordered ECHO which I just had. Need to schedule my stress test. I am hoping to lower my LDL with changed diet and exercise. I don’t know if I have the gene for high cholesterol, but my mom also has high cholesterol. She takes a statin. I welcome comments about the ability to truly lower ones LDL by diet and exercise alone. Thank you. 

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  • KFGriffin
    KFGriffin, June 1,  2019  4:05pm EST

    Hi Kay Woods,

    Welcome to this support network. In response, I would say that I would follow my doctor's recommendations. I had a stent implanted in October after doctor discovered I had over an 80% blockage in one of my major arteries in my heart. It was a truly scary time, but since then I have drastically lowered my cholesterol numbers both LDL and triglycerides, and significantly raised my HDL, the good cholesterol. I exercise regularly and have changed my diet to a mediterran dash diet (which took some getting used to). I also take Lipitor (40 mg) and have had no serious side effects from taking it. My cardiologist says the statin does more than lower your cholesterol numbers, and is a good preventive medicine to keep me from having another cardiac event. So, I say all this to suggest that I would give the statin a chance. If you have problems, be sure to talk to your doctor and/or cardiologist. They can maybe adjust dosage or brand, or even give you some suggestions for dealing with the side effects you might experience. I am 55 years old, and after six months plus of taking the statin I have not had any long term side effects. I know there is a lot of information out there, but as my cardiologist has stated, sometimes you have to outweigh the good with the bad. So far (knock on wood) I have had no problems with the statin. It might actually be quite beneficial to you. I don't know of anyone who lowered their numbers by diet and exercise alone (not saying that it can't be done, though). In summary, my advice is to listen to the doctor and communicate any concerns or problems you may have.


    Best wishes!


  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, June 3,  2019  9:22am EST

    Good morning, I am so sorry that you are having to manage all of this. I can share the resources we have on managing cholesterol with you. Please let me know if this is helpful and how you are doing over the next few months. Best Katie

  • DaMess
    DaMess, June 3,  2019  3:38pm EST


    Read my post. Cholesterol is 70-80% genetic. I'd say i'm a healthy 48yo. Normal BP/HR/BMI with lots of exercise and very good eating habits. I almost died recently from high cholesterol.  Do yourself a favor and research/talk to your MD about getting a cardiac calcium score done. It's $100 and will tell you if your cholesterol is resulting in calcification in your arteries on an age and race adjusted basis. 


  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, June 4,  2019  2:37am EST

    You know, Kay, you have a say in your own life.  The doctors do their best, know more, but you can research, learn, and get second opinions.  Be your own advocate is my advice.  😃

  • BartO
    BartO, November 28,  2019  7:52am EST

    Kay Woods I was in your same boat like many others all I have is one piece of advice Plant Based Diet give it a try for just one or two months then get your numbers checked you will be shocked. 

    I always liked this story from a young biologist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIlPVA57YzM

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