I am 41yo ,male ,5,'7 165lb, active and working out 4 times a week I have extera 10-15lb. I have been diagnosed with high cholesterol the total of 7.0 my doctor prescribed me PMS-ROSUVASTATIN 5MG. After reading about STATIN and side effect I am not sure If it is safe to take it. I was just wondering if I can get your opinion and experience with STATIN so it make me nerves . Thanks
Noteworthy, as reported, advanced blood tests that show the SIZE of one's cholesterol particles can provide detailed info that can help to determine if one should really be on a statin. In general-only here, statins are good for some individuals, bad (side effects/adverse reactions) for others. On an individualized case-by-case basis, the benefits of taking a statin must clearly outweigh the risks.
On the positive side, statins may/can stabilize vulnerable plaque (VP).
VP hides well-away within the vessel wall (essentially a 0% blockage, but still unequivocal atherosclerosis), can't even be seen with invasive X-ray angiography (heart catheterization), causes no advance warning signs/symptoms, and is now recognized worldwide as the cause of the majority of heart attacks by way of plaque rupture causing a blood clot (thrombus).
Statins also have anti-inflammatory properties and as applicable to the patient, thus lowers C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP). Inflammation is recognized as a major player in the development and progression of atherosclerosis.
Additionally, it has been known for some time now that atherosclerosis actually begins (the process and progression of) at a very early age, even as early as in the pre-teen/teenage years.
Studies performed in the past have shown fatty streaks (represents the earliest precursor to plaque development and plaque is the pathological hallmark of atherosclerosis) as the beginning of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries. Soft plaque (more dangerous and unpredictable than hard or calcified plaque) is the early stage of atherosclerosis.
ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s) at ALL times.
Best of luck down the road of life.
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