I haven't written on this site for over a year so hello again!
I just wondered whether I am likely to be offered a statin at my next drs visit in about 6 weeks. my BP had suddenly shot up to 150<> /90<> when I had my 6 month check up in September for no apparent reason. In the surgery it was 200/100 and the dr increased the dose of Losartan. At the same time I had my blood checked: cholesterol and HbA1c. Thankfully the latter had dropped to 39 mmol/L from a pre diabetic 42mmol but my cholesterol had risen. I now have a total of 6.6; HDL 2.8*; ratio 2.4; and se no HDL 3.8. [Is that last HDL figure what used to be called LDL?] . 2 1/2 years ago it was total of 5.4 with HDL at 2.0 and LDL 3.0. Trigs then were 0.8 but they don't seem to do those now. Can someone tell me please what the asterisk means?
The trouble is my dr knows I don't want a statin and she herself doesn't believe the nation should be statinised courtesy of NICE's recommendations of a Qrisk of 10%. However she does have to obey the rules and I have to decide what to do if I am offered one. My Qrisk is now 15.9% due to hypertension and my 73 years - I am female btw. She has sent me a message to make an appointment for 6 weeks hence so would like to be prepared.
I hate these box ticking exercises as I think the Qrisk is. Just wondered what the options are likely to be.