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[SIZE=3][SIZE=2][COLOR=Navy][FONT=Comic Sans MS]Hi cossette2 I don't know how much is too much....
My total cholesterol was 161 I'm also taking Lipitor mines 10mg, My Dr. added Niaspan 500mg daily to lower my triclerides<---spelling.......I'm 39 yrs. old I had a heart attack a few months ago.
The Dr. told me 161 was to high for a woman with heart disease so he added Niaspan to my diet which is the same as Niacin. I don't know what my total # is right now I have to have it check in a few weeks hopefully it's way down.....I can relate on the cost of Lipitor it's very expensive.
I'm also very worried about liver damage by taking Lipitor or any lowering Cholesterol drug.
I'm glad to hear that statin drugs are going generic it will save me some money. ;)[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE]
Gemi Lee,

If your doctor made the blanket statement that 161 Total Cholesterol was too high, then you should report him to his state medical board. He is INCOMPETENT.
With or without STATINS a TC of 161 is PERFECTION. Some say that going below 160 has it's dangers.

On the other hand there could CONCEIVABLY be reason for further intervention if your HDL's are VERY low and the bulk of your TC is made up of LDL...another goal is controlling LDL to 100 in patients with a history of heart disease.

Do you know your LDL, HDL and Triglyceride numbers on that 161 test?

Of course the combination of statins and niacin compounds GREATLY enhances the chances of liver damage over either used alone.
[QUOTE=zip2play]Gemi Lee,

If your doctor made the blanket statement that 161 Total Cholesterol was too high, then you should report him to his state medical board. He is INCOMPETENT.
With or without STATINS a TC of 161 is PERFECTION. Some say that going below 160 has it's dangers.

On the other hand there could CONCEIVABLY be reason for further intervention if your HDL's are VERY low and the bulk of your TC is made up of LDL...another goal is controlling LDL to 100 in patients with a history of heart disease.

Do you know your LDL, HDL and Triglyceride numbers on that 161 test?

Of course the combination of statins and niacin compounds GREATLY enhances the chances of liver damage over either used alone.[/QUOTE]


[COLOR=Navy][FONT=Comic Sans MS]Hi zip2play My Cardiologist said that 161 would be fine if I was a man but not for a woman with heart disease he wants My total Cholestrol around a 100 I believe.
I don't remember all my #'s he just said that my good Cholesterol was to low and my Triglecerides were too high.
When I get it check in a couple of weeks I'm going to write down my numbers.
Thanks for the information.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[QUOTE=Gemi_Lee][COLOR=Navy][FONT=Comic Sans MS]Hi zip2play My Cardiologist said that 161 would be fine if I was a man but not for a woman with heart disease he wants My total Cholestrol around a 100 I believe.
I don't remember all my #'s he just said that my good Cholesterol was to low and my Triglecerides were too high.
When I get it check in a couple of weeks I'm going to write down my numbers.
Thanks for the information.[/FONT][/COLOR][/QUOTE]

Wow! A total near 100 mg/dL is pretty hard to achieve. I had mine as low as 96 mg/dL before, but my numbers were something like LDL 51 HDL 44 TG 34 (just looked back on my post to JacquelineL). Anyway, thats the first I heard of it. Even the most staunch cholesterol watchers use a cutoff of 150 mg/dL total. I think maybe your doctor meant LDL <100 mg/dL, which is exactly the recommendation for anyone with CHD, while the non CHD folks can have LDL <130 mg/dL. Does this sound more like it?

I did have my MI also, at age 35, which a cholesterol near 170 mg/dL, but my HDL was 25 mg/dL due in part to a sedentary lifestyle, and due in part to many other failures to do the right things for my health. My cholesterol was recently in the 160s but my HDL is now 60 mg/dL. It makes a large difference in the ratios....
[QUOTE=Gemi_Lee][COLOR=Navy][FONT=Comic Sans MS]Hi zip2play My Cardiologist said that 161 would be fine if I was a man but not for a woman with heart disease he wants My total Cholestrol around a 100 I believe.
I don't remember all my #'s he just said that my good Cholesterol was to low and my Triglecerides were too high.
When I get it check in a couple of weeks I'm going to write down my numbers.
Thanks for the information.[/FONT][/COLOR][/QUOTE]

Hi Gemi: With heart disease despite an apparently good cholesterol, are you are a candidate for those special studies: C-reactive protein, lipoprotein (a), homocysteine and lipid particle size? Please request copies of all of your studies (and hospital record) for your own portfolio.





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