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Regarding Statin Drugs.

Regarding Statin Drugs.

One of the major side effects of statin drugs is muscle weakness. The heart is a muscle. How can these drugs possibly be good for heart disease patients? Or anyone for that matter?

A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Statins don’t just lower cholesterol some also help to prevent inflammation in the arteries which is what actually causes the heart attack so don’t just think it’s all about cholesterol, the larger the dose the lower the chance of inflammation I take 80mg of Atorvastatin,
I had muscle cramps at first and my Doctor suggested vitamin D which for me eliminated the aches and pains.

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

here are a couple of points. ( 1st i never claim to tell anyone what to take or not to) there is more and more research that shows those with "high ' cholesterol are not the ones that suffer deadly heart attacks, but those with cholesterol in the "normal range" . also the brain is comprised mainly of cholesterol. what is most important in the readings i have done (ncbi, yale harvard cali university and numerous other sites) is that your HDL vs LDL be much higher . no less than min 4:1 hdl to ldl ( our forefathers from what i have read (how they know this is beyond me) ratios were in the 30- 100: hdl vs ldl (again how the heck could scientists know this is beyond me).there is also mounting evidence that statins do not prevent heart
attacks. that is my 2 cents

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I'm one of those people who had a heart attack with normal cholesterol levels. My doctor said I was the last one she would ever have expected to have a heart attack. I take the statin medication to reduce inflammation and keep plaque from building up in my arteries. I believe my heart attack was mainly genetic. It's too bad that more people couldn't get an angiogram when they have heart symptoms before having a great attack!

posted over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I have been taking them for years and I do workout on a regular basis. I don't really suffer muscle weakness as long as I keep at it!

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Thanks Rick. I hope you're doing well and have gotten some Ezmay time.

I'm glad they work for you.
I know many people that get muscle weakness, including myself and my husband. I will never take them again. I was nearly to the point of being wheelchair bound due to muscle weakness in my legs. (I also had it put on my medic alert bracelet). They affected my husband's legs AND arms. Bad stuff for some of us.

posted almost 2 years ago
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