Patient :I am a 35 year old male. I have been smoking for the past 10 years (3-4 cigs per day), have a family history of early heart disease (father had an angina attack at 47 years). My recent LDL is 160, HDL is 30, Triclycerides is 270 and my calcium score is 190. My doctor has asked me to take a 20mg Lipitor daily and a baby aspirin daily. I also have low Vitamin D, for which I take a pill once a week. My question is can I avoid taking Lipitor and manage my calcium score and risk with diet and exercise. I am a vegetarian and I exercise moderately. Three weeks ago my weight was 175 lbs and since then I started exercising daily and moved to plant based diet and completely stopped taking sugar, limited carbohydrate and very limited fat/cholestrol foods. My weight now is 166 lbs. Thanks for your time and advice!
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