Hi Graciela,You mentioned one thing in particular that struck me-the fact that you are now taking 40 mg of your statin instead of the more standard 80 mg. A couple of years ago, I cracked my head really badly and a C-Scan showed that I had a slight bleed inside my skull. The neurologist took me off aspirin for a week and reduced my atorvastatin dose from 80 mg to 40 mg a day, also for a week, because, apparently, atorvastatin poses some minimal bleeding risk.
I was a a bit concerned about this so I did some research and read a study that found 40 mg of daily atorvastatin was virtually just as effective in reducing cholesterol levels as 80 mg, and was indicated for people who could not tolerate 80 mg. So, for all you folks out there with statin problems, it seems that the real science is that normal dosages numbers are not a science and that there is a range of dosages and other options that work.Ira
Victor,I doubt the accuracy of the "no permanent damage" assessment. I was told the same thing immediately after my "mild" heart attack three tears ago, probably because of my "excellent physical condition", only to have my cardiologist recently mention, "and here's the portion of your heart muscle that died as a result of the heart attack" when he showed me the photos of my recent nuclear stress test (which showed that my grafts all remain clean). I'm not a doctor, but I think a necessary result of having a heart attack is that the portion of the heart muscle affected by the blockage dies, sort of like a necessary result of being killed is that you're now dead.
And, by the way, whenever I think or hear from people of my "great physical condition" before the heart attack (as in "how of all people did you have a heart attack-you work out all the time and you eat so healthy"), I think about the legendary running author, the great Jim Fixx, author of "The Complete Book of Running" which helped launch the running movement in the 1970's, who died of a massive heart attack while in the middle of one of his daily 10 mike runs. Physical conditioning is great, and important for heart health, but it is no substitute for a great set of genes. I still marvel at older obese friends and colleagues, eating, smoking and/or drinking their way seemingly into oblivion while never having had a heart attack, open heart attack, open heart surgery or stroke. Well, they all have to die of something. As Jack Nicholson's character said while vomiting from his chemotherapy in "The Bucket List" (great movie), "right now, some lucky bastard is having a heart attack."Ira