Tag: statin patients

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 clot in his leg, D.F. examined himself. But the pulse in his foot was fine, and there was no bluish discoloration of […]

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 patient’s cholesterol levels are higher than what “authorities” have established as optimal. Bear in mind that high cholesterol in itself is not […]