I thought I would share my experience so far and hopefully get some feedback to help me understand things. Please note, I am of course going to discuss the following with my GP but it may be a few weeks before I can get to see the only one I trust! So, a brief background: I am slim build and have always exercised regularly, running and cycling mainly, although I did very much cut this back about 5 years ago. Diet has been pretty good particularly in latter years. I have a proud history of CVD in my family, I might add. Last October (then aged 60) I had a sudden bout of Angina and was admitted, LAD was 96% blocked in one place, I had 2 stents fitted, RCA is also 50% blocked, no stent fitted, cardiologist said I was a lucky boy not to have a HA. Came out of Hospital with the usual raft of medication, and fairly soon after Rehab came off most of the medication with doctors approval due to them affecting my ability to get back into exercise, so only on Asprin, Clopidogrel and Atorvastatin (80mg). Also, I insisted the GP did a blood test very soon after my getting back home, at which point I would have been on Statins for probably 2 weeks as I have been told in cases like mine they would give you them as soon as you walked in the door. Since then I have radically changed my lifestyle (not that it was bad anyway). I have almost retired, and have been observing a pretty strict plant based diet - and I do mean strict. I also eat all the oily fish and basically follow the guidelines to the letter. Now, the next bit will sound foolish to some reading this, but I have never been happy with the Statins. A woman I met on the Rehab course had awful trouble with them and to be honest I think I talked myself into thinking they were (or would) cause me problems, blaming every little ache and pain on them. By now I was back into my running big time, doing Park runs in 25 mins. So, I decided to stop taking them, about 5 months ago now. I was convinced I could manage things by diet and exercise, running 2 to 3 times a week, going to the gym, and sticking to that diet. I must say I have lost weight and feel great, no problems apart from like I say, those a 60 year old guy would get when undertaking daft things like 5K park runs. This week I had another blood test done, and I have to say I am a bit confused but mainly, pretty disappointed with the results, which are as follows:
Total Cholesterol from test undertaken when I was 55 was 4.9. (I don't have further information on that).
Results from Lipids done 2 weeks after admission:
LDL = 1.7, HDL=1.1, Triglyceride=0.6, Cholesterol/HDL ratio=2.8, nonHDL=2.0. Total Cholesterol = 3.1
Results from Blood test this week after no Statins for 5 months:
LDL=2.59, HDL=1.81, Triglycerides=1.12, Cholesterol/HDL ratio=2.71, nonHDL=3.1. Total Cholesterol=4.91
So, as a previous sceptic of Statins, it looks to me like stopping them has had quite a dramatic effect on my total Cholesterol, despite the exercise, diet and relaxed lifestyle, my total Cholesterol has returned to its former value along with a sharp rise in Triglycerides. For anyone doubting it, please believe that I am totally serious about the exercise and diet bit!
I would welcome any comments or deductions more experienced people on here might be able to offer, and to those thinking I have been a bit stupid, well you might be right. I am, I have to add, back on them as from last night, due to my "experiment" failing dramatically by the looks of it.