I need advice. Finally managed to see a cardiologist about my cardiac calcium score of 510. The testing firm said 400 was bad, made me think it was pretty serious and recommended an angiogram. The cardiologist yesterday looked scornful, said I was fine, he sees scores in the 900s and 1000s. I had mentioned that my father, his five siblings and eight first cousins slid into dementia caused by arteriosclerosis between ages 77- 82; but he didn't blink. Just prescribed a "small dosage" of rosuvastatin/Crestor.
On the same day I had an appointment for a recurring sore inside my nose. It turned out to be a non-issue but doctor prescribed mupirocin antibiotic for two weeks.
I know that Dr. B has nothing good to say about statins and not much good about antibiotics. So I did some research.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Caroline Horizny, PhD wrote in taconic.com (good or bad site, I don't know) that:
"Very rarely, statins cause a life-threatening condition called rhabdomyolysis, which causes liver damage, severe muscle pain, kidney failure, and eventually death. The risk of developing this condition is exacerbated by combining medications; most frequently between a statin and an antibiotic 16,17. In two cases, published in 2007, both patients were administered simvastatin and either erythromycin or clarithromycin and both developed rhabdomyolysis. They were hospitalized once presenting symptoms of extreme muscle impairment but were able to recover after forty days in the hospital18."
On another page in the forums I saw a story about a man's father whose doctor insisted he take both a statin and an antibiotic. He died.
I realize my dosage is supposed to be small and I would take the mupirocin for two weeks only.
I am APOE 2/4. I think that my arteriosclerosis is a bigger threat than the 4. But I want your advice. Take the meds and take my chances or ignore the cardiologist (meaning I might never get in to see another one). Or not take the mupirocin.