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Your blockages aren't all that bad; probably most Americans have blockages at that level especially if they are 40, 50 or older.

Your doctor is're asking for liver damage if you take all 3 meds. Niacin works better for HDL and triglycerides than it does LDL in my experience. I had no problems with my liver function tests on a high dose of Lipitor, but when Niacin was added, they went up...I am continuing to take Niacin only because I have severe heart disease (had a 99% blockage in my LAD that required a stent) and absolutely nothing else will keep my HDL in a normal range.

Zetia works primarily on cholesterol that you eat, so why take a med if you can decrease your cholesterol (i.e. animal based) intake? Have you checked into eating plans like McDougall or Ornish? I could never stick with them 100% but the closer anyone can get to eating as close to them as often as possible, the less you will need any med, especially those like Zetia.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with an LDL of 63...most heart disease patients would kill to reach that level even with a lot of medication. I can't speak specifically about the study you are referring to, but as far as I know the recommendation for people with confirmed heart disease is still LDL below 70 IF they can achieve it, and most can't.

I'm sure there are folks who will come along soon warning of the dangers of extremely low LDL. While I don't necessarily agree with them, keep in mind that our bodies (especially our brains) need some cholesterol. My opinion is you should stick with no more than 1 or 2 meds at most and concentrate on your eating habits and other natural ways of keeping your cholesterol low.
[QUOTE=eagleheart;2720475]I'd like to thank everyone for commenting on my question. I think the advice is good. I'll try lowering my saturated fat intake for 2 months and review the bidding re: Zetia then. I was under the impression that you needed an LDL of 50 or so to get CAD regression based on the reports I saw in the Washington Post in March last year. It's comforting to know I still have a "good" number for LDL, even at 63. Also, thanks NHone for the tip on angioplasty, and I didn't know Zetia stopped Co-Q10. Yes, I've been taking 2-150 mg tabs per day of Co-Q-10 on my own - doctor never mentioned it.

BTW: To complete the story. I had a Calcium test in 2001; scored a 101. Doctor said no biggie, but eat right, exercise, etc., and we'll check you in 4 years. In 2005, I scored a 336 - he (and I) didn't like the trend. He sent me for a "nuclear" thorium stress test. The films showed my heart was dilating under stress instead of pumping harder. I never felt any pain and had no other symptoms like shortness of breath. Next step two days later: on the table for a cardio-cath for a definitive diagnosis at Walter Reed Medical Center (I'm retired Army). Looking up at the monitor, I asked the doctor what all those lines were - he said plaque, as in 40% blockage on the left and 30% blockage on the right side of my heart. Oh yes, I had a small artery already 90% blocked, but they couldn't do anything with it because they thought the stent would explode it. They said don't worry about it - probably would feel it if it closed completely, since it was "minor." (Military medicine is always logical.)

So ... after that significant emotional event, I lost 35 pounds in one and a half years, take all the meds they prescribe, do a lot of research (and participate in forums with other folks afflicted like I am), spend 5-6 days a week on a stationary bike or treadmill, and ... evidently still eat too much saturated fat and drink too much beer. I'm 60 right now and trying to make it to a second retirement at 67, so I can at least drink the beer!!

Thanks again all!![/QUOTE]

I too was a heavy drinker, until I had a ultra sound done which showed a "mass" on my liver which propmted a CAT SCAN and that showed no cancer of the liver but turned up some ALCOHOL DAMAGE of my liver and was told to stop the booz -- all. Was off the stuff for over nine years and feel great.

Botom line -- I drank ALCOHOL FREE beer and never wished it was the genuine stuff. Try that for a awaile and see how you react I'll bet you will like it as well --- unless you want to get TANKED UP. Try it, you'll like it !!!!!!

I'm now 81 and doing well having a beer or two once a month.

Good health to you.

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