Yikes! That's a nasty reaction. The advantage of Livalo is that compared to Atorvastatin it doesn't change blood sugar levels. My Cardiologist wants me om 80mg of Atorvastatin, but I'm reluctant to take that high of a dose.
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Reasoning: Having no symptoms and with little 'evidence' that a stent will prevent an event. Left Main 575, LAD 110, Left Circumflex 80, Right 301. The severe blockage is located at the MID LAD. The location with the highest amount of calcium (Left Main), has only mild narrowing. I have decided to really 'appreciate' that I'm feeling good. 63 – 150lbs – No Meds – Good Energy – No Pain Anywhere. I don't feel much different than I did in my 40's.
I guess it proves that stress tests aren't 100% accurate. I have no symptoms (shortness of breath, angina), blood pressure is good. I did not get a stent, it seems one is more likely to die from a small unstable plaque, than a severe stable plaque. I am going to monitor plaque progression through CT Calcium Scores. I am making changes through diet, supplementation and exercise. I discovered that I have a Ramus Intermedius (an extra artery that comes off of the left main artery). Not sure if this offers any kind of 'advantage'.
I received a 979 CAC Score, passed a stress test but talked my cardiologist into getting me a CT Angiogram. The Angiogram revealed 4 mild 4 moderate and 1 severe blockage (Mid LAD). The severe blockage was not picked up by a stress test.
From my understanding there are ways to slow plaque progression through diet, supplements, exercise. Plaque can increase as much as 40% per year and keeping progression to a minimal will lower the chances of an event. The only way to do this is through a CAC retest, radiation exposure is minimal. Although high CAC Score means risk is increased, there are probably many other factors involved in having an actual event. Lowering stress, meditation, mindfulness are probably all beneficial. I want to monitor my plaque progression percentage, so I plan to retest after a two year period.