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Is it safe to use Statins after cardiac issues?

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Posted on Mon, 11 May 2015
Question: I am a 47 y/o F, had cardiac XXXXXXX 2 years ago w/findings of 30% blockage of LAD and 2 others. No intervention. LDL 139. Prescribed statin and didn't want to take it. My dad didn't tolerate them, and I have a strong hx of DM in my family .My dad also had CABG x 4 at age 51. I have been working on diet and wt loss. What is your opinion of statins? Are there other safer drugs for me to take and how much can I do with lifestyle changes? Thank you!
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Answered by Dr. Benard Shehu (3 hours later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have gone through your medical history carefully and understood your concerns.

As I was reviewing your medical history carefully, I noted that you have 2 main factors for coronary arteries disease (CAD):
- obesity
- heredity

I have also noted that it was found atherosclerotic plaques noted in your coronarography.

The goal is to modify those controllable (that can be modified) factors that could lead to CAD including :
- obesity: try to reduce weight
- dislipidemia
- keeping blood pressure under 130/85

With regards to statins, to my opinion, taking into account all your medical history, I highly recommend to start taking them.

They will not only reduce your cholesterol levels, but at the same time, will help stabilize atherosclerotic plaques.

If you feel can't tolerate, can stop any time.

Meanwhile, I also advise to continue with diet and lifestyle changes :
- be more physically active
- avoid foods that would increase cholesterol levels
- avoid high calories foods

Hope it was of help!
Wish you health!
Dr. Shehu
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Brief Answer: Following answer to your query... Detailed Answer: Hi, I have gone through your medical history carefully and understood your concerns. As I was reviewing your medical history carefully, I noted that you have 2 main factors for coronary arteries disease (CAD): - obesity - heredity I have also noted that it was found atherosclerotic plaques noted in your coronarography. The goal is to modify those controllable (that can be modified) factors that could lead to CAD including : - obesity: try to reduce weight - dislipidemia - keeping blood pressure under 130/85 With regards to statins, to my opinion, taking into account all your medical history, I highly recommend to start taking them. They will not only reduce your cholesterol levels, but at the same time, will help stabilize atherosclerotic plaques. If you feel can't tolerate, can stop any time. Meanwhile, I also advise to continue with diet and lifestyle changes : - be more physically active - avoid foods that would increase cholesterol levels - avoid high calories foods Hope it was of help! Wish you health! Dr. Shehu