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Forum Name: Hypertension

Question: Zocor for elevated cholesterol


 JeanneOK - Mon Jun 16, 2003 2:24 pm

I am questioning my physicians decision to start me on Zocor 10 mg. daily for
an elevated total cholesterol level of 194. I am a 43 year old female with no general health problems other than migraines. My father has a history of high cholesterol. My mother has recently been diagnosed with Arteriolosclerosis at the age of 66 (with vasular dementia).


After testing my levels about a year ago my doctor suggested diet and exercise to try to get my numbers better. I have been watching my diet for about 9 months and have dropped 18 pounds. I have yet to get myself into a regular exercise routine.

After one years time-
My triglycerides which were only 82 at original testing dropped to 65.
My good cholesteral went from 39 to 43.
However, by bad cholesterol (136? can't find my report!) and my
total cholesterol did not change one point - still at 194.

At this point my doctor suggested 10 mg. Zocor daily. He states that he would like
ALL of his patients to take statins - because they are soooo good! He would
like my total level to be below 160 for optimum health.

I am very nervous about starting statins after hearing such opposite information.
Either they are the best thing since penicillin or they are to be avoided completely!

HELP? Just wanting to hear someone elses opinion.

THANK YOU!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Jul 07, 2003 6:51 pm

User avatar Dear JeanneOK,
Sorry for the delayed reply. Incidently the results from a new study on statins and how good they are have just been published. You will find a detailed article about it here at The Doctors Lounge. Even though you are not a diabetic i think you would benefit from reading this article.

statins/index.htm" class="postlink">Diabetics should receive statins, new study says

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