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Neurologist suggest atorvastatin
Pure guess- are those carotids artery opening/blockage per cents? Placas = plaques??
Yes, Victoria's correct-it sounds like an ultrasound report where the provider was assessing her for blockages in her carotid arteries. The recommendations are to get her LDL down. Has she had her lipid levels, like her cholesterol, checked since you've tweaked her diet?
You could try niacin. Some people don't like it because it causes hot flashes. Additionally, there's more evidence that if you have diagnosed vascular disease that stains are benficial. I would read around. This was a good, fairly recent article.
It sounds like your mother is doing well + I would not add unnecessary meds.
A statin won’t do anything to help day to day quality of life - unless she has a non-fatal stroke or heart attack !
Then she and you will have a worse quality of life, from then on.
I would take it, unless her quality of life is already so low that suddenly not being able to speak, or walk, would not make any difference to her or you.
My mother has recently been changed from lovastatin to atorvastatin after a stroke, fortunately she has recovered due to taking the clot-busting drug in the emergency room, or she would have been alive but unable to speak.
She has had zero side effects like muscle pain. She had bruising before with the lovastatin and that is better on the atorvastatin, as a side benefit.
It sounds like your mother has a plaque of cholesterol in her arteries which, if it worsens, can cause brain damage. Similar plaque buildup is probably occurring elsewhere, as in her coronary arteries, which can damage her heart, and in her legs, which can lead to pulmonary embolism. If it were my mother, I would give her the medications.
You are giving her excellent care with the healthy diet. I typically eat that way myself. However, I also take atorvastatin and have done so for 20 years without side effects.
Speaking with my medical hat on: interesting that they even looked, frankly, because screening for carotid artery stenosis in aymptomatic individuals is not recommended, at any age. Second, though I'm not familiar with the Spanish abbeviations, blockages of 35 or 51% are not considered critical--stroke risk remains trivial (far less than 1% per year) at this level and is not usually significant until the blockages are >60% (some would say 70%).
So bottom line to me---I wouldn't do it either, not in an 87 year old. She has hardening of the arteries, which you would have predicted at her age anyway. So I don't think you really learned anything.
Again, can and should are two different things. They may have billed for the test because they can and/or because they have the piece of equipment. Now, there could be something I don't know--for instance, maybe they heard a bruit in the artery--that's a whishing sound of the blood going by the obstruction--in which case it wouldn't be considered completely asymptomatic. If that's the case, for a blockage over 50% a statin--and aspirin--would be recommended--but given her age and other health issues, I would again come down on the side of no intervention. And I'm generally a big fan of statins.