It sounds like your GP has done a thorough assessment of your cardiovascular risk already. Further tests are unlikely to help. Research has proven that lowering your cholesterol to a safer level will help to prevent cardiovascular disease in the future.
If you have suffered from side effects of the medication you may wish to stop them and that is understandable. If not, there is no reason to stop taking them as they are quite safe. You will not significantly lower your own cholesterol enough by diet or Q10. So, you either take the statin or you decide to do nothing. Your GP could help you make the decision based on your risk factors and could even show your position on a risk graph (you may be in the medium risk group rather than the high risk group, so taking the medication is less vital). This could help you weigh up the pros and cons of treatment versus no treatment.
Ultimately only you can decide. You could also try seeing a different GP at your surgery to get a second opinion.
Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.
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