Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia, known as high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure which is a risk to cardiovascular health and affects many adults in the Uk and a third of adults in the America.
Statins are commonly used in the UK for hypertension and hyperlipidemia since reducing calorie intake, increasing nutritional content of food and exercising is a struggle for some patients and its easier to take a pill.
Statins are commonly prescribed to reduce the risks associated with cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately The side effects most commonly associated with Statin use involve muscle cramping, soreness, fatigue, weakness, and, in some cases, rapid muscle breakdown that will lead to death. Often, these side effects can become apparent during or after strenuous bouts of exercise. Although the mechanisms by which Statins affect muscle performance are not entirely understood, they are believed to cause cardiac muscle deterioration.
Cardiovascular disease common in post-menopausal women
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the main causes of death worldwide. This condition is usually viewed as a predominantly male problem. However high cholesterol and blood pressure are significant contributing factors to heart disease and stroke amongst post-menopausal women. Cholesterol tends to increase at the menopause due to hormonal changes, mainly the decrease in oestrogen production.
During the menopause the distribution of body fat shifts from the lower body (pear shape) to the upper body (apple shape) which associated with an increase in CVD. Not only is there an increase in total cholesterol but levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) increase by 10-20%. more cardiac and menopause ask Richard question