Cholesterol-lowering medications can be a life-saving factor in those who have already had a heart attack or have angina. However, they only decrease heart attack deaths by 1.4% in those without a previous heart attack, and they are not without risks.
Some of these risks include muscle pain, liver inflammation and depletion of the nutrient co-enzyme Q10 (popularly known as CoQ10). This nutritional deficiency can in turn contribute to fatigue and congestive heart failure. Specifically, anyone on the Mevacor family cholesterol-lowering medications (which, most are) should take 200 mg a day of CoQ10.
"Dr. T" joins Dr. Holly Lucille to discuss these factors (and much more) regarding the appropriate care for your heart.