It is important to recognize that even though cholesterol gets a lot of attention, it is not necessarily the most important (or even an especially significant) factor in preventing heart disease.
Other factors, such as nutritional support and optimizing thyroid function (in women), and testosterone levels (in men) may also decrease the risk of heart attack.
Although the cholesterol-lowering medications in use today can be lifesaving in those who have already had a heart attack or have angina, they only decrease heart attack deaths by 1.4 percent in those without a previous heart attack (called "primary prevention"), and they are not without risks.
Some of these risk include muscle pain, liver inflammation, and depletion of the nutrient coenzyme Q10. This nutritional deficiency can then contribute to fatigue and congestive heart failure, and I believe that anybody on Mevacor related cholesterol-lowering medications (most are) should take 200 mg a day of coenzyme Q10.
To put it in perspective, cholesterol medications lower the risk of heart attack death by less than 2 percent, while owning a cat is associated with a 30 percent lower risk of heart attack death, and having high vs. low normal thyroid function is associated (in women) with a 69 percent lower risk of dying of a heart attack.
Although cholesterol is NOT the main cause of heart disease, heart and blood vessel diseases are the number one killers in the U.S.
Increasingly, heart disease is occurring because the heart muscle is not making enough energy. This can occur because of a number of changes, and is a subset of the "human energy crisis" occurring worldwide.
This is why decreased heart function is a part of chronic fatigue syndrome (the heart muscle has trouble making energy just like the rest of the body).
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