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Hypertension

Question
Posted by: R Randall | 2019/09/08

Q.

Cholesterol levels

I have never had a heart attack but due to ecg my heart has been monitored for several years. My cholesterol levels have changed very little during the past 6 years varying between 218 to latest reading of 214. Last reading as follows: CHOL 214, HDL 56, LDL 142, TRIG 80. My doctor has recommended I take carvedilol & Lipitor to lower LDL but both have side effects of cramps & dizziness. I quit taking drugs & symptons go away. Do my cholesterol justify taking these drugs even though they make me feel much worse than normal?

Expert's Reply

A.

Hypertension expert
- 2019/09/09

Carvedilol is for hypertension, not cholesterol, so, I am worried about the state of your blood pressure, which the only way to see what is going on, is to monitor your BP at home. So, with that in mind, your dr, or rather your specialist physician, may calculate your Framingham risk score, to tell you black on white what the risk for a cardiovascular incident in future would be with or without your cholesterol tablet/statin. It is no use to tell you yes or no, that will be thumb sucking, but a calculated risk may assist in the decision. It may be very dangerous just to trust your own instincts and stop your prescribed medicine.

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