Statin And You - If You Intend To Start Taking Statins, Remember It Is For Life....
Are these cholesterol-lowering statin drug right for you?
Should you be on it?
These cholesterol-lowering drugs no doubt have benefits, but they also come with many adverse risks.
They are drugs that can lower your cholesterol level. They work by depriving a substance your body needs to make cholesterol. They may also help your body reabsorb cholesterol that has built up in plaques on your artery walls. This can prevent further blockage in your blood vessels and heart attacks.
Well-known STATINS are:
Atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and others. Generic versions of many statin medications are also available, at lower cost.
They have been proven to be effective in lowering cholesterol, but doctors are far from knowing everything about them. Are they the right drug for everybody with high cholesterol? What happens when you have to take them for life?
Truth About High Cholesterol & Statins Drugs like Lipitor
Most importantly ask yourself. Should you be on it?
Whether you need to be on it depends on your cholesterol level and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
If you have high cholesterol, meaning your total cholesterol level is 240 milligrams per deciliter, or (6.22 millimoles per liter, or mmol/L) or higher, or your "bad" cholesterol (LDL) level is 130 mg/dL (3.68 mmol/L) or higher, your doctor may advise you to take it. However, the numbers alone cannot tell you or your doctor the whole story.
If the only risk factor you have is high cholesterol. You may not need medication because your risk of heart attack and stroke could be low. That is because High cholesterol is only one of a number of risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
Other risk factors are:>
Family history of high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease
Inactive (sedentary) lifestyle at the desk most of the time
High blood pressure or hypertension
55 years or older for man, or older than 65 for woman
Poor general and physical health
Having diabetes, overweight or obese
If you are a cigarette Smoker
Narrowing of the arteries in your neck, arms or legs known as peripheral artery disease.
Your doctor will have to decide on the dosage for you to take depending on your need.
Lifestyle changes is still key for lowering cholesterol
They are essential for reducing your risk of heart disease. Steps you can take immediately are:>
Quitting or stop smoking entirely
Eating a healthy diet that is low in fat, cholesterol and salt
Exercise for 30 minutes a day, even if it`s just walking
Manage and control your stress
If you decide to start with them you must consider it a lifelong commitment
You may think that once your cholesterol level goes down, you can stop taking them. But, this is not the case! if your cholesterol levels decreased after taking them, you'll need to stay on it indefinitely. However, if you stop taking it, your cholesterol levels will probably go back up.
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The side effects of statins
They are well tolerated by most people, but they have many adverse side effects:
Muscle and joint aches, the most common complain
The more potentially serious side effects are:
Occasionally, it causes an increase in liver enzymes. If left unchecked, increased in liver enzymes can lead to permanent liver damage.
It may cause muscle pain and tenderness. In severe cases, muscle cells can break down (rhabdomyolysis) and release a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream. Myoglobin can damage your kidneys.
When you begin to take them, you'll most likely be on it for the rest of your life