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Statins After 3 Stents

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Hello, Two years ago I had a heart attack and ended up with 3 stents and ongoing angina. In May I found out I have Type 2 diabetes. I read HeartBelly and started to research the Paleo Movement. I transitioned from my regular SAD, to gluten-free, to Paleo. When I dropped all grains I could not believe the difference. I have more energy and no angina! I continue to follow all Paleo podcasts and I read everything related that I can get my hands on.

Two months ago I stopped taking my PPI and took Kombucha and played around with yogurt. It was a rough go, but fortunately I heard about Coconut Oil for digestion - not just for cooking. I take three teaspoons a day and I have no GERD or gut pain except with extreme stress. Goal-to manage stress.

My question is this- Three weeks ago stopped taking the 40 mg of statins (Crestor) that I've been on since the heart attack. So far-no problems. Of course my doctor does not know yet. I have blood work due within the next few weeks. I've heard that until your weight stabilizes the blood work will freak the doctor. I really don't want to be on statins and I'm not sure that they really are protecting me from another heart attack. I need advice. Thank you.

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on November 07, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Thank you. I did see the cardiologist after my most recent blood test and my LDL was 4.17 up from 2.15. The 2.15 was a month before I started the Paleo Diet. I've been living the Paleo Lifestyle for 4 months, lowered my blood pressure,and stabilized my blood sugars. I was off statins for the last month.Now I am back on the statins and hoping that natural supplements will protect my liver. I am taking coconut and MTC oils to help my brain fog.My plan is to lower my carb intake as much as possible and increase fat in my diet.

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on October 17, 2012
at 05:04 PM

"I read HeartBelly and started to research the Paleo Movement..."

Do you mean Wheat Belly? I don't know Heart Belly.

Anyway, your situation is way serious. Please be careful about taking anonymous internet advice.

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on October 17, 2012
at 05:48 PM

I second Anonymous Chump. Although there are very knowledgeable folks on here, it's not a good idea to rely on feedback on here without at least consulting with your Doc. In the end, it is your body and your decision on what type of diet and medicine to follow. I would just be extra careful knowing your medical condition.

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on October 17, 2012
at 09:01 PM

You are in the group of people that statins MAY be helpful for, so you may want to rethink quitting them without your doctor's input. Nevertheless, doctors tend to prescribe statins without considering all the factors. Instead of quitting behind your doctor's back, you can learn all you can about statins and cholesterol, get advanced testing, and consult a lipidologist to learn what's safest for your body. But in your situation, having already had one heart attack and 3 stents, you should not be self-experimenting without backup from a physician.

BTW, have you done anything to fix your diet?

691e7096ed20fa1c62810068383bc28a

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on November 07, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Thank you. I did see the cardiologist after my most recent blood test and my LDL was 4.17 up from 2.15. The 2.15 was a month before I started the Paleo Diet. I've been living the Paleo Lifestyle for 4 months, lowered my blood pressure,and stabilized my blood sugars. I was off statins for the last month.Now I am back on the statins and hoping that natural supplements will protect my liver. I am taking coconut and MTC oils to help my brain fog.My plan is to lower my carb intake as much as possible and increase fat in my diet.

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on October 17, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Statins are nasty drugs with lots of side effects. However, I thought the benefits were only questionable as a preventative measure in otherwise health people. Nonetheless, they're all noise compared to your other more serious problems. I agree with the other posters, in this case go with professional advice. It's reasonable to question the treatment but better to get a 2nd or even 3rd opinion from other professionals than the internet.

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