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I have posted on the BP board before but this is the first time for this board. I was recently hospialized because of symptoms due to a loss of potassium while using Diovan HCT. While in the hospital my doctor, as well as the cardiologist, ran a lipid panel. The lipid panel completed by my general physician gave these numbers: Total cholesterol- 270, triglycerides- 167, hdl-57, ldl- 179.6, vldl- 33, and cho/hdl ratio 4.7.

The next day my cardiologist ran a lipid panel and I received the following results: Total cholesterol- 247, triglycerides- 106, hdl-46, ldl-179.4, vldl-22,cho/hdl ratio 5.4.

My general wants me to go on Zocor. I have a concern due to being very sensitive to any meds and I really hate to take meds in the first place. My question is do these numbers sound bad enough to go on Zocor or would a change in my lifestyle work the same results? I am about 50-60 lbs. overweight and I know that can be a lot of the problem. I have put on weight since I started taking the Diovan and gained even more with the Diovan HCT. I no longer take the Diovan with the diuretic I take straight Diovan. There is a strong history of heart problems from my Dad but he also drank heavily for a number of years before finally quitting and he also smoked heavily. Does anyone have any thoughts or comments?

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