A 31-year-old member asked:
What do you suggest if my father's cholesterol is 300 despite taking 40mg atorvastatins and following low cholesterol diet?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Cardiology 53 years experience
Shift: Consider shifting to a more potent statin which is Rusovastatin(Crestor (rosuvastatin) ) . Doubling the dose of Atorvastatin will lower cholesterol only by a third and your father has a long way to go. If unsuccessful consider finding a lipid specialist who may refer him for trials using new drugs. Your father appears to have a genetic type of hypercholesterolemia.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
My dad's cholesterol is 300 despite taking 40mg atorvastatins and following low cholesterol diet. What else can he do?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Cardiology 44 years experience
Keep taking it: Your dad should follow a vegetarian, vegan or Mediterranean diet. He should exercise daily, not smoke, and be sure he has normal BP. Beyond that, he need not do anything else. The 2013 AHA guidelines point out that just taking a statin is protective regardless of the level attained - they don't even recommend re-checking it after you begin the statin. (not everyone agrees but it's useful to know).
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Last updated Jul 25, 2014
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