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Old 09-14-2018, 03:29 PM   #1
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Question about My Father's High LDL

Hello,

Thank you for your time!

My father is 81 years old, lives alone in india. He is physically active(walking and exercise bike every day) and socially active.

Every 6 months, his PCP does a bunch of routine blood tests. In March 2018, his values were as below:
1) LDL : 103.5 (first time his LDL was above 100)
2) HDL : 59.7
3) Triglycerides : 65.44
4) Total Cholesterol : 175.96.

His blood tests today had the following values:
1) LDL : 115
2) HDL : 50.5
3) Triglycerides : 66
4) Total Cholesterol : 178


Other Details:

1) In the blood test today, his HBA1C is 5.6. All other values in his CBC, Lipid profile, urine and stool tests were normal.

2) He has mild/moderate hypertension. He takes a daily Cilnidipine as advised by his cardiologist. His blood pressure has been controlled so far.

3) My father eats a healthy vegetarian diet of brown rice, nuts, fruits, vegetables:

Daily Calories:1800
Carbs : 277 g
Protein : 50 g
Fat : 57 g

4) He is 5 ft 3 inches in height, 123 lbs in weight, but his waist size is 36 inches.

5) On the morning of June 27, he felt dizzy as he was brushing his teeth and had to lower himself down on the bathroom floor. He went to ER - after a CT-Scan of the brain and a cardio-evaluation (Echocardiogram, Cartoid Dopple and Holter Monitor), the Cardiologist said my father does not have any cardiac problems.

Question:
I am concerned about his rise of LDL and decrease of HDL even though nothing in his diet and daily routine has changed. What kind of evaluation does my father need at this time? What else can he do to reduce his LDL and increase his HDL?

Thank you,
Zent

 
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:03 PM   #2
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Re: Question about My Father's High LDL

I would say his numbers look great. Dizzy spells can be anything from allergies to holding your breath while brushing your teeth. Add some omega 3s - fish oil or salmon -and his HDL should rise.

 
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:04 PM   #3
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Re: Question about My Father's High LDL

Hello Titchou,

Thanks for your reply! I will ask his PCP about omega3s.

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Old 10-17-2018, 07:43 PM   #4
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Re: Question about My Father's High LDL

Hello,

I have an update:

My father's primary care physician(PCP) did a repeat LDL yesterday and the value was 101. It was 115 last month. The PCP has prescribed Atorvastatin (5 mg) for 20 days. If my father has no side-effects in the 20 days, he was asked to take Atorlip for 6 months.My father's sugar and blood pressure values are normal. All other values in his lipid profile are normal. When I asked the PCP why is the statin medication needed, he advised that its given as a preventive measure for heart attacks/stroke as my father has hypertension (controlled with a daily Clinidipine -5 mg). He also said since the normal dosage for Atorvastatin is 80 mg, he does not expect any side-effects with 5 mg.

Does my father really need Atorvastatin at this time? Could he have serious side-eefects?

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Old 10-18-2018, 03:37 AM   #5
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Re: Question about My Father's High LDL

From that low a dose he probably will not have side effects; but that being said, that low of a dose probably will not do much. If it were my father, I would be seeking a second opinion from a doctor as to if this is really necessary. There may be something in his health history which suggests that this small dose is really a good idea.

But to answer your question, he should not have side effects from such a low dose.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:30 AM   #6
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Re: Question about My Father's High LDL

Hello MSNik,

Thank you for your reply! That was very helpful. I have also asked my father's Cardiologist. Once I receive a reply, I will update.

Take Care

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