My Mums brother had a heart attack at 51. He is slim, fit and healthy, never smokes or drinks. It was a massive heart attack and only last year 10 years since his heart attack he had to have another major operation on his heart or he would die. He was told 10 years ago his heart attack was due to high cholesterol and his sisters should have theirs tested. All my aunties and mum were tested and their cholesterol was high. My mum had high cholesterol on and off from in her 40s. They are all on statins. Some of my cousins were tested and too went on statins, they are younger than I am, I am 36.
I had my cholesterol tested a few weeks ago and these were the results.
Full cholesterol results
Serum Cholesterol - 6.9mmol
Serum Triglycerides - 3 mmol
Serum HDL cholesterol - 1.6mmol
Non HDL cholesterol - 5.3mmol
Total cholesterol HDL ratio - 4.3 mmol
Serum LDL cholesterol - 3.9 mmol
As in my previous post my GP wants me to work on my diet, but I have a very healthy one anyway but I am going to consider a plant based diet to see if I can work on getting it down along with plant sterol drinks.
I told my GP about the family history and he still didn't want to consider statins. Now I did some research about cholesterol today and saw there is a condition that's hereditary called familial hypercholesterolemia. I have no idea if that's what my uncle and my mum have but now I am worried. Does that mean I should be on statins? is that why my uncle consultant told him to have his family all get checked. I have children so I am worried for them as I read they should be tested before age 10 and on statins if levels are high.
Should i be worried? why didn't my GP test me for this? It's sent my anxiety up worried I am going to have a heart attack now. I am 36, 5ft tall and slim build. I have gained some weight over the last 2 years but it was much needed. I was 84lbs all my adult life, I am now 118lbs. So a healthy weight at last. If anything I want to lose a bit. I don't eat any red meat, only tuna or chicken. I have recently started eating mackerel. I have cut out gluten to help my ibs 3 weeks ago. Are there any other diets that help? my gp just said avoid cheese and saturated fat.