Hi all, i am new here although have been looking at all the posts on the forum and do have my own opinions on the diet/heart - cholesterol/CVC . I had my general NHS check up at 47 years old, and my GP referred me to the lipid clinic, as he thought I had elevated levels of cholesterol (his words). After a LOT of pressure and having to talk directly to the practice manager I managed finally to access my lipid panel results and they were as follows: 7.7mmol/L Serum Cholesterol : 2.1 tryglyceride: 1.07 HDL: 5.67 LDL total ration: 7.2.
I have now just come back from my first appointment at the Lipid Clinic and to be honest feel battered, intimidated and angry. After having my blood pressure taken I was essentially steamrollered and lectured that I most likely have FH and I am going to go on statins, as if I don't I will most likely die from CVD in the next 10 years, I had a likely chance of more than 50% of developing a heart disease before 65 and must start taking 80mg atorvastatin straight away. I was told my lifestyle was tantamount to a death sentence (although I don't drink or haven't smoked for 5 years and walk about 2 miles a day minimum). I did try to bring into the equation that perhaps first, under what I understand to be informed consent that I should know about any potential side effects and whether perhaps it's worth looking at some lifestyle changes. the consultant looked at me with dismay and literally said, "Oh, you are one of THOSE DOUBTERS, well, let me tell you, you wont live long enough without what we recommend to see about doubt."
What i'd really like to know is a) should I be so worried about my levels (and yes I am not so convinced with the cholesterol/CVD argument and b) has anyone else experienced this sort of behaviour at a lipid clinic - steamrollered, no recourse to lifestyle changes/test for FH etc. - should I walk and seek alternatives ? I really do not want to be on statins for the rest of my life.....thanks everyone and any input really appreciated