Category: Patients’ Talk

Listen how patients with similar disease talk about their experience, their knowledge and their feelings.

E.S.’s Unbearable Pain after with lower-cholesterol medication

E.S. is a seventy-seven-year-old retired teacher who had always been told she had very high cholesterol. Her total cholesterol was in the range of 300 whenever her blood was tested. She was overweight but did not have any diagnosed heart disease, high blood pressure, or family history of premature coronary heart disease, and she had never smoked. At about […]

NASA Physician’s Permanent Damage Caused by statins

For NASA astronaut and physician Dr. Duane Graveline, a nightmare experience resulted in a steady decline in health. Dr. Graveline began taking statins for high cholesterol in March 1999. His total cholesterol during an annual physical had come in at 270 and he believed, like almost all of his medical colleagues, that cholesterol was the cause of heart disease. In […]

University professor’s experience with statins

“I am a fifty-eight-year-old man who is slim, physically active, healthy. As is the case with two of my three siblings, the cholesterol in my blood— particularly the one of the not so desirable kind—is moderately elevated. My GP started me on a statin in 2001; atorvastatin (Lipitor) at 10 milligrams per day worked to his complete satisfaction and […]

A Cardio Surgeon’s Experience

D.F. is a cardiothoracic surgeon at a university medical center. His cardiologist put him on lovastatin for slightly elevated cholesterol levels. After about six months, when there was no drop in his levels, the dose was doubled. Shortly thereafter, he awoke one morning with burning pain and loss of sensation in his left foot. Convinced that he had developed a […]

J.N.’s experience: not appropriately used guideline

J.N. is an attorney who practices in the southern United States. He had no family history of coronary heart disease, was not diabetic, had never smoked, and did not have high blood pressure. He was overweight but had no symptoms of heart disease. His primary care doctor had referred him to a cardiologist in 2006, when it was thought […]

K.S.’s anxiety experience with all statins

K.S. is a successful businesswoman who lives in a large city in the northeastern United States. She had always been very healthy and led an active lifestyle, exercising several times a week. She was slightly overweight, didn’t smoke, and didn’t have high blood pressure or diabetes. Her mother had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and died suddenly at […]

Six Patients’ Stories With Statins

Nick P. is a forty-nine-year old man from Orlando, Florida with a total cholesterol of 268. His LDL is 164, HDL is 72, and triglycerides (a blood lipid) are 53. Nick’s doctor started pushing statins on him long before his numbers reached this level; he had what the doctor called hypercholesterolemia, a dastardly sounding condition that simply means a […]


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