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5 hours ago · - important information about statins - in Aging Well

I agree wholeheartedly with you. Watching this year's race cheered me enormously in the midst of the pandemic. the TdF organized the race perfectly to test and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which thankfully none of the riders got. I miss Paul Sherwen as a commentator. Phil Liggett and Bob Roll did a superb job. Lucky you to have the banner! Pogi, the winner, is an incredible athlete.

1 day ago · - important information about statins - in Aging Well

Sharing experience is what we're about here. You never know who you might inspire. Just watching the Tour de France and the spectacular young athletes has motivated me to keep up my habit of consistent, age-appropriate– I'm 71–exercise. The benefits are endless.

1 day ago · - important information about statins - in Aging Well

Thumperguy–You've got a great exercise routine! And an HDL of 74 and TGs 52; it doesn't get any better than that!

Mon, Aug 31 12:18pm · - important information about statins - in Aging Well

I take 5 mg. My LDL level was in the 90s before I started Crestor (rosuvastatin). It was lowered to 60 within a couple of months. I haven't had it checked lately,but it should be about 60, a 30% drop. The important thing for me is that I have improved ALL the lifestyle factors that contribute to heart health. Diet, exercise,stress, etc. Many people who take a statin don't follow up with changes in lifestyle, in which case, according to Mayo cardiologist Dr Stephen Kopecky, the statin isn't helping.

Thu, Aug 27 2:49pm · - important information about statins - in Aging Well

One of the things that I've realized about heart disease is that it's important to look at the whole picture when treating it. Sometimes surgery is required. Sometimes medications. What I've done since being diagnosed with a high plaque volume (Calcium Artery CT Scan Score of 1400) is to look at lifestyle factors that contribute to heart disease. I changed my diet to follow American Heart Association guidelines. I follow standard guidelines for exercise. I've worked to lower (bad) stress and improve sleep. These changes are in my control. My cardiologist said that only a low percentage of patients follow AHA heart healthy guidelines. Mayo Cardiologist Stephen Kopecky, MD did a podcast on statins in which he stressed the importance of lifestyle in preventing and treating heart disease.

Thu, Aug 27 12:54am · - important information about statins - in Aging Well

Many people can successfully take Atorvastatin and other statins with no side effects. I had to get off one statin, wait a month or two, then try another. There are other LDL lowering drugs available that are not statins. When I started Atorvastatin, it was at a moderate dose. When I started with rosuvastatin, I took the lowest dose, once a week, then gradually increased to the highest level I could tolerate (4X weekly). This 'low and slow' process took 9 months.

Wed, Aug 26 11:17pm · - important information about statins - in Aging Well

Interesting. I had muscle weakness and fatigue with Atorvastatin and Pravastatin, so had to stop. Rosuvastatin works well for me at a low dose and has dropped my LDL to 60. No side effects;

Wed, Jul 1 12:13am · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

I'm less anxious about my high CAC Score from about two years ago. I'm taking a statin which brings LDL down to 60, exercising, eating a heart healthy diet. Cardiologist said to keep doing what I'm doing, He said most patients don't follow lifestyle and medication guidelines.