For a good 30+ years I have had VERY high cholesterol readings . When I first discovered this , statins weren't even invented and all I was advised involved diet and exercise. This reduced it a little but I was fit, not overweight, no high blood pressure, no family history of heart attacks, etc, so I din't worry too much. About 10 years ago, my old now deceased mother had a stroke at age 80 and got macular degenation. 4 years ago, I decided to have a calcium score test and found that I had quite severe hardening of my heart arteries. I had asymptomatic atherosclerosis - often called the "Widowmaker" . I started out on statins (only 5 gms Crestor) with no problems and my cholesterol levels dropped considerably. But not as much as my GP wanted - so he put me on 10 Mg plus an Exetrol tablet - I will have a blood count this week and see how that has affected my levels
BUT - now I have lost the sight in my right eye - essentially from a Macular edema caused by a blocked retinal vein. The risk factors for this are, you guessed it, all the same risk factors as that for heart attacks and strokes. None of which I have - except for the cholesterol. If it were to happen in my other eye, I would be effectively blind. I will get a referral to my cardiologist to consider this new development. I would rather have the heart attack than go blind.