I have GCA and was seen recently by a Vascular Doctor for results of a scan of my blood supply to my legs as I have calf pain when I walk fast or uphill. He said there was an atheroma and that I would need to take statins to help the blood flow (I already take a small aspirin a day- 75mg). He also said that the statins would help to stabilise the atheroma. I'm not keen on taking the statins and thought I could lower my cholesterol by diet (it's not high anyway). Would there be a way of stabilising or better still reversing the atheroma by diet or supplements? It is a bit scarey though to think of bits breaking off. He said I should take 40 mg of statins a day which seems high to me.
I think this has all stemmed from a very late diagnosis of GCA although I was presenting with all the classic symptoms!
Thanks for any advice.