Hypertension and Extremely High Cholesterol

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   Posted 3/11/2012 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi There,

My mother had an MI in 2004 at the age of 38. This was severe and left her with 42% Cardiac Capacity. She always has been anemic, suffered from low bp, and has suffered from clots. The genetic MI history in our family is amazingly dangerous. Having all 3 of my grandparents passing away from some or other cardiac related problem.

At the age of 16 I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse, at 21 i was diagnosed with extremely high blood pressure, and at 26 diagnosed with Extremely High Cholesterol (averages out at 8.6 even with taking 40mg Simvostatin daily - this was changed from Aspavor) no matter what the doctors do, they cannot seem to get my cholesterol levels down. Which is slightly worrying. When I spoke to my mothers doctor, and was examined by him, he told me that considering my family history and my current circumstances, I probably wont live past 35... Nice one... What I need to know is what else can I do to help myself? I have completely turned my life around, stopped smoking, drinking, clubbing and all that stuff, I now live a happy, quiet, stress free life, but the chest pains become unbearable, I have also been put on Angised to assist (although I have never been diagnosed with Angina)...

Any help/advice?

Edit:  I gave your thread a title.  :)

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 3/11/2012 6:42:11 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/11/2012 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi invisible, and welcome to the forum.

I have family history of heart attack and high cholesterol, had one heart attack myself also have the cholesterol. The heart attack came after years of chest pains which were often triggered by exertion OR certain foods.

The liver takes carbohydrates and turns them into cholesterol. I take the lowest dose of Crestor 3 times a week, which helps, but I am sensitive to it, and the other statins are worse for me. I stopped eating bread, which lowered my cholesterol as well as the meds.

I lost a bit of weight, avoid my food triggers, and my chest pain from heart is gone. I easily walk up hills now that were very hard for me before.

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   Posted 3/11/2012 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome,
May I kindly suggest that you see a cardiologist of your own that will start in the beginning and do some tests as well as guide you in what you need to do to feel better.  If I had a Dr. that told me I probably would not live past 35 I would have  headed on down the highway and look for a second opinion. 
Have you ever had an angio or a Echo done ?  Find an interventional cardiologist if one is called for and gather all the info you can.  I suspect you will do well with the right cardiac team working with you instead of scaring the bejeesus out of you.
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   Posted 3/11/2012 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt & Alcie.

I will take all this advice and do exactly as suggested.

Thanks so much :)
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