I have been a lifelong cyclist, competitive till 45 (71 now) and able to ride at 25 AV.
Then, of course, slightly slower each year.
So, at age 50, I rode at 23 AV, at 60 rode at 20 AV.
Age 66, I was riding with my 17 AV group up a steep hill and felt 'weak and strange'.
Never felt like this in my whole life - so straight to A+E.
Not much found there, but many months of tests later, a CT Angiogram showed an Agatston Score of 1315 - superhigh (normal is 0-60).
2 vessels were 75% blocked and 1 was 95% blocked - so, I was booked for a CABG in 8 weeks time in Feb 17.
My Cholesterol was 3.6 on a vegan diet - and I was told that the severe blockages were down to Genetic Atherosclerosis.
However, I was still able to ride at 17 AV.
Took just 3 doses of Simvastatin 5 mgs before the CABG and straightaway my AV Speed fell from 17 to 12 AV.
Dr changed this to Rosuvastatin, saying it was less likely to cause aches.
Took it for 12 weeks.
The CABG was a very successful op - thanks NHS!
However, the aches that started with those statins continued and are still there now 4 years after stopping statins.
Reading up on the aches, I have come across this article - which described a test that showed that all the athletes (with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia) who took low dose statins, had aches.
Taking those statins was THE biggest mistake of my life!
However, I still ride my bike every Sunday at about 10-12 AV, the speed of a Leisure Cyclist - nothing will stop me riding my bike!