He's 83 yrs and in quite reasonable health but with the usual aches and pains of old age. He takes a cocktail of tablets each day for Myasthenia gravis [had this about 10 yrs ago] and for some digestive problems which do keep him well on the whole and one or 2 smaller ailments.
Recently he had been waking up with a heavy feeling in his chest, 'like a plank of wood' he said; this disappeared after breakfast and I don't think is a problem at the moment. Saying nothing to me he made an appointment with the nurse for an ECG. She was dismissive and said it was for the dr to decide on that procedure, however she did it and said all was fine. She also did a blood test [non fasting] and took his blood pressure. A short while later he was summoned for another blood test and after that yet another ECG. This ECG was also fine but he didn't think to ask for the blood test results. The nurse went off to see the dr with the results and then told him that the dr wants to see him to discuss statins. As he never had a fasting blood test I wonder whether his cholesterol was ever checked and even if it was how relevant is it.
With all the fuss about statins in the media he is rather anti the idea but has the appointment for next week and has asked me to go along too. My own feeling is that it's the recent NICE rules about having a Qrisk of 10%> that is guiding this. Of course anyone of 83 is going to have a sky high 'risk'. [My own risk is shortly to be 14% - up from 13% and my dr said she had to offer them to me but I declined them - how ridiculous is this ruling!]
He has never had high blood pressure, diabetes or any heart related problems, they don't run in his family. I feel any advantage of taking statins will be outweighed by potential side effects, so why go down that track.