(so much for statins reducing cholesterol) and a stent was fitted after angina. We decided to go on Dr Dean Ornish's diet since last July (vegan diet really) and all is going well? However, we live in rural France and our french doctor and heart specialist have not heard of dietary control of cholesterol and so it is difficult to ask about reducing tablets. My husband would like to stop taking the statins but wants to know whether it is OK to just stop or to should he reduce gradually. We would be grateful for any thoughts.