Doctors in the Statin Intolerance Clinic within the Cardiovascular Health Clinic treat people who have statin side effects or a family history of statin intolerance. A team of doctors with training in heart disease (cardiologists) work with specialists in several areas to evaluate your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Your doctor may recommend you take statins if you have high cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors, such as a family history of heart disease. Taking statins lowers your body's production of cholesterol and may lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart-related death. However, you may experience mild to severe statin side effects such as muscle aches, pain, weakness or other side effects including asymptomatic liver damage.
The staff in the Statin Intolerance Clinic will conduct a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation to determine if your symptoms are due to statin intolerance or other conditions. If your doctor diagnoses you with a different condition, your doctor may refer you to another area within Mayo Clinic for treatment.
As part of your evaluation in the clinic, your doctor will usually ask you to stop taking statins, to see if your symptoms decrease or change.
An evaluation may also include:
Your doctor will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate treatment for your condition. Your treatment may include:
Anyone may call to request an appointment in the Statin Intolerance Clinic. You don't need a referral, but your doctor may refer you to the clinic. To make an appointment, call 507-284-4443, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central time.