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Wed, Mar 4 12:38am · Statin discontinuation due to potential neuropathy cause, alternatives in Neuropathy

Jim–I've been taking 5 mg rosuvastatin, 3 times weekly for 3 months. I definitely get side effects, but they are less than with other statins. Some individuals do better with hydrophilic statins, like rosuvastatin, vs. lipophilic statins. I'm glad to hear that this statin and dosing are working for you.

Thu, Feb 27 9:55am · Statin discontinuation due to potential neuropathy cause, alternatives in Neuropathy

I'm on my third statin due to the usual side effects that some experience, muscle aches and weakness and fatigue. On the 3rd attempt we started low and slow i am taking a low dose statin(rosuvastatin) 3x weekly. This has lowered LDL to less than 70 with fewer side effects that are tolerable.

Mon, Jan 6 11:37pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

I did some additional tests that relate to heart disease risk, homocysteine, hsCRP and Lipoprotein A. The first two are normal, but the LpA is high (117), which, according to the Lipoprotein Foundation puts one at a higher risk of heart disease. Anyone else have these tests performed?

Dec 31, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

We've made a lot of progress in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, but Coronary Calcium Scores remain a wild card. I read an article recently that suggested that suggested that lifelong athletes tend to have higher CAC, but that it resides inside the artery wall so doesn't block blood flow. Who knows? There seem to be so many variables to calcium buildup, like location, dense vs spotty, soft vs hard, vessel size, collateral circulation, etc.

Bluesdoc hit the nail on the head with surgical precision by saying that we all need to chill and do our best to prevent a heart attack. As an aside, I read a book, "Heart: A History" by the cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar, that I recommend. He mentions in the book that he has a high CAC score and an increased risk due to his family history and South Asian ethnicity.

Dec 20, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Bluest of You mention taking high-dose CoQ10 along with statins. What do you consider high dose?

Nov 5, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

A year ago I had my first CAC CT scan with a resulting score of 1560. This year I had a repeat scan done at a different facility. The score is 250. What to do now? The original radiology group is no longer in business so I can't get a repeat there. My PCP is asking the cardiologist who read the most recent scan to review for discrepancies. Even if the 2nd scan is correct, it likely means that I will need to be on a statin. Any suggestions?

Jul 22, 2019 · Your Tips on How to Get Off to the Best Start with a New Specialist in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I am 70 and take a statin due to a high plaque burden in my coronary arteries. I've read that 75 is the cut-off age for positive benefits of statins, but since you have been active and fit your whole life, your biological age is likely younger. You don't say what your LDL cholesterol is or if you've had coronary artery disease. This information may weigh on your decision. In your shoes, I'd get a 2nd opinion, especially given your reluctance to start on statins, which do have side effects for a significant number of people.

Jul 12, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Thanks for posting your results. I'm sorry that the chelation treatments didn't lower your CAC score. All the best to you in managing the risk factors that are in your control.