The doctor at hospital told me he thought I’d had a silent heart attack because my archery’s had narrowed, and asked if I had high cholesterol?
I said I don’t know I’ve never had it checked. He then prescribed me a cholesterol tablet.
I saw the heart failure nurse and asked about getting my cholesterol checked. He said you could try Boots.
I asked the nurses at the surgery if they would add a cholesterol check with the kidney and liver checks. A couple of them said ok while others said no I’d have to ask the doctor. I was having quite a few blood tests while optimising the medication.
The cholesterol results came back as 3.5. The test wasn’t a fasting test and I was taking 40mg simvastatin.
A couple of years ago cholesterol was big headlines, it was on tv, the surgeries practically dragged you in off the streets to give you a cholesterol check. It then went through a phase of bad press with some doctors questioning its value.
I eat quite a healthy diet, but I also eat things that are not so healthy like sugar and high fat food with the odd beer. If I was to change my diet to a healthy one or even a very unhealthy one, would my cholesterol stay at 3.5? Does the cholesterol tablet remove all the unhealthy cholesterol?
I have suffered some side effects in the past 3 years, toilet problems, aching joints and I’ve long suspected the cholesterol tablet to be a lead culprit. The side effects are getting more annoying, so I’m going to stop the cholesterol tablet to see if it eases the problem. I’ve stopped it in the past but only for a short time so this time I’m going to give it a couple of months, make sure it’s out of the body.
I know people who have high cholesterol and refuse to take the tablet because of the side effects while I know others who persevere with side effects.
It’s the policy of the NHS to prescribe a cholesterol tablet to heart patients, according to the heart failure nurse. But heart patients are already on quite a lot of medication, so is it necessary to take a cholesterol tablet even when you don’t have high cholesterol?
I’m pretty certain that I don’t naturally have high cholesterol. So is it worth the side effects?
What’s your opinion on cholesterol tablets?