Even if you ticked yes to one of these, a comprehensive cardiovascular test will help you to assess your risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and more importantly, help you to reduce that risk with a treatment plan.
I have seen many people with low cholesterol levels, but when they have done the comprehensive test to assess their cardiovascular risk they have the small dense LDL subfractions that can cause heart disease …. This is the type of LDL that your doctor is not testing for.
On a standard cholesterol test LDL is marked as “atherogenic” yet LDL is essential for your health, LDL delivers the cholesterol around the body so you can make hormones and new cells. So it is not LDL that is the problem but the type of LDL.
At the same time I have seen many people with high cholesterol (like me!) but have the healthy type of HDL, LDL and low inflammation levels …. These people have minimal risk of heart disease but are often put on a Statin medication anyway, just because their levels are above a certain number.
While statin medications very rarely cause life-threatening conditions, they do have many side effects that can affect the quality of your life. The side effects don’t always start immediately but can slowly occur over many months, so when the symptoms do become noticeable 12 months later you don’t always make the connection with the medication that you started 6 or 12 months ago.