I’m 64 and just found out that my total cholesterol is 7.4. I’m scheduled for an angiogram on Saturday and I’m terrified. I’ve been reading so much on the Internet—a big mistake, I know, but it’s hard to resist when you know so little about what’s going on.
Both my parents had heart attacks, and my dad had stable angina from 44. His heart attack was in his late 70s. My mother’s was also in her 70s. They died from other causes, not heart disease.
My head is all over the place. I’ve read that stents don’t help increase life expectancy, that statins can damage your liver—I took them for a while some years ago but suffered from terrible muscle aches. My doctor wants to put me on Lipitor. She says that because my cholesterol is inherited, it might not even go down that much.
Aside from everything that scares me, I’m worried that I won’t be able to travel because I won’t be able to get insurance.
I really admire the many people on this board who have or are going through such trials with their heart disease, and have done so for years. You are a beacon for us all.