I'm after a little bit of advice/guidance. I am a 39 yr old female who has recently been diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia. For those who are not aware, this is a disorder which causes high cholesterol levels due to a genetic mutation and means the body cannot remove 'bad' cholesterol on its own and levels cannot be controlled by diet.
My total cholesterol is 7.7, LDL is 5.4 and HDL 2.3. I have been told by the lipid clinic I must go on 20mg of atorvastatin. Thing is I don't really understand why, and the consultant seemed too busy to answer me. I have no risk factors other than a family history of heart disease and the high cholesterol levels, I am otherwise fit and healthy.
My creatine kinase levels are at 63 u/l and lp/a at 22.5 nmol/l which are both well within normal levels and indicate I don't have heart disease.
So, my question is does anyone think I would be silly to reject the doctor's advice and refuse statins, or should I just do as I'm told and risk potential side effects?
Thank you in advance