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Actually got some better news from most recent test, Cholesterol is down to 238 through diet alone. It just sucks that everything I like to eat is full on Cholesterol and even worse sugar
Cholesterol is more genetic than dietary. You could lower your number with diet but 10% would be getting close to the limit. If your cholesterol changed that much it could have been a testing anomaly, which is probably why your doctor tested again in a matter of days.

Statins are safe and extremely effective...and if you find one that gives you side effects you can try a different one. I tend to lean towards keeping a reasonable cholesterol number. There's no downside to it. This way I don't have to decide who is right.
 

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also, if anyone is on SSRI and has high cholesterol, go off the antidepressant (if you can) and see what happens. Have a family member whose numbers rose and fell dramatically when on/off zoloft.
"Where is the disease that produces higher blood pressure? We don't have a clue!"

"Pressure on the proximal aorta... endothethelial ( blood vessel) dysfunction..." That hits home for me with my myocardial bridge- the elasticity of my left anterior descending artery during the diastolic phase of the heaert beat is the key to my survival


My take away is I'm going to ask for apoB test. I don't think I've ever had one or at least it was never mentioned as a metric. When I had the angiogram that diagnosed the bridge the cardiologist told me I had no significant plaque build up. Maybe that's why no apoB test was ever administered?

Second, and this is only peripherally related to the topic of the video- BREATHE THROUGH THE NOSE. Breathing through the nose releases nitric oxide and nitric oxide helps endothelial function. I've started doing this during my runs, hoping it helps.


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"Where is the disease that produces higher blood pressure? We don't have a clue!"

"Pressure on the proximal aorta... endothethelial ( blood vessel) dysfunction..." That hits home for me with my myocardial bridge- the elasticity of my left anterior descending artery during the diastolic phase of the heaert beat is the key to my survival


My take away is I'm going to ask for apoB test. I don't think I've ever had that or at least it was never mentioned as a metric. When I had the angiogram that diagnosed the bridge the cardiologist told me I had no significant oplaque build up. Maybe that is why no apoB test was ever administered?

Second, and this is only peripherally related to the topic of the video- BREATHE THROUGH THE NOSE. Breathing through the nose releases nitric oxide and nitric oxide helps endothelial function. I'ver started doing this during my runs, hoping it helps.


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ApoB tests are easily available but not standard, so just ask your doc. I just had one at Labcorp.
 

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"Where is the disease that produces higher blood pressure? We don't have a clue!"

"Pressure on the proximal aorta... endothethelial ( blood vessel) dysfunction..." That hits home for me with my myocardial bridge- the elasticity of my left anterior descending artery during the diastolic phase of the heaert beat is the key to my survival


My take away is I'm going to ask for apoB test. I don't think I've ever had one or at least it was never mentioned as a metric. When I had the angiogram that diagnosed the bridge the cardiologist told me I had no significant plaque build up. Maybe that's why no apoB test was ever administered?

Second, and this is only peripherally related to the topic of the video- BREATHE THROUGH THE NOSE. Breathing through the nose releases nitric oxide and nitric oxide helps endothelial function. I've started doing this during my runs, hoping it helps.


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I had blood pressure of about 140/90 on average. Started taking Nitric Oxide supplements about 9 months ago and now I am running at 120/80... I had read the research, figured it couldn't hurt to try it, and bam, it sure seems to have helped my personal situation!
 

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I'll keep this simple. A cholesterol of 303 is an invitation to a coronary event. I would blast the statins at high dose for a couple of months, do some improvements on your cardiac conditioning, significantly change your diet to severly limit anything animal derived, and highly consider a gated coronary CT scan for plaques.

If your cholesterol drops in 3 months great. If not you need to see an endocrinologist and a nutritionist.
 
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@mundus How is it going taking the statins?

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@mundus How is it going taking the statins?

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No problems.
 

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I'll keep this simple. A cholesterol of 303 is an invitation to a coronary event. I would blast the statins at high dose for a couple of months, do some improvements on your cardiac conditioning, significantly change your diet to severly limit anything animal derived, and highly consider a gated coronary CT scan for plaques.

If your cholesterol drops in 3 months great. If not you need to see an endocrinologist and a nutritionist.
Why would you blast statins? Whatever risk the patient has for a cardiac event its already there and not going away. It could be that a low dose would get cholesterol in check in 4-6 weeks. A high dose is going to take the same amount of time but could cause other complications.... in the liver for instance or drive the numbers too low.

Diet isn't going to affect cholesterol, not in a way that matters anyway but it will help mitigate other contributing factors.
 

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I’ve taken atorvastatin a couple of decades. Between the pill and my diet, cholesterol is negligible. No side effects here, thankfully.
Statins are starting to be prescribed younger and younger now as it's well accepted that the benefit of them is seen over decades. High cholesterol is something your genetics give you and taking care of it when you are young pays dividends later.
 
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I read an article that said 300 used to be the limit for "high cholesterol". And it was lowered to 200 so they could put you on statins. I believe this. Money money money. Keep you on the plan.