This post is sponsored by LIVALO® (pitavastatin) and Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.
Every day I strive to have a healthy lifestyle. I make sure I eat right, get enough sleep and be joyful in hard times. As well, I always make sure I maintain an active lifestyle by exercising. Staying healthy is important because it allows me to continue doing what I love and stick around for the people I love.
Perhaps I know better than most why heart health is so important. My first husband, Michael, died at the age of 47 from heart disease, leaving me a widow, and his children fatherless. Michael did not take care of his health. He smoked, did not exercise, ate poorly, was overweight and under stress. I begged him to exercise and eat healthy, but he always found an excuse when it came to exercise.
One day he left town for an important business trip, and when he was over thirty minutes late to the meeting, someone was sent to check on him. They found him lifeless beside the bed. He had suffered a massive heart attack that instantly claimed his life. I was told he had symptoms for over a week that should have alerted him that something was wrong. If this is true he kept it from me. In the back of his mind I know he thought he would tell me after his very important meeting. He did not have that chance.
This is why I do my best to take care of myself, to listen to my body and pay attention to signs that something may be wrong. I remember the devastation that I felt, watching my daughters lose their father, the man they loved so dearly, and it gives me the added fuel to enjoy a healthy life, filled with movement and exercise.
Another part of keeping an eye on my health and wellness means getting regular check-ups from my doctor. For me, heart health is knowing things like what my blood pressure and cholesterol levels look like. It’s important for me to get my cholesterol checked regularly by my doctor – every 4-6 years for adults over the age of 20, per the American Heart Association.
Why is it important to have your cholesterol checked? With typically no physical signs or symptoms, unmanaged high cholesterol can be very dangerous, according to my doctor. It can cause plaque to build up in the arteries, slowly blocking the flow of blood to the heart and/or brain, which can trigger a heart attack or stroke. Don’t lose hope, there are things you can do if you have high cholesterol.
Managing my cholesterol to keep myself healthy is important to me. I get individualized care from my doctor and also make sure to keep a heart-healthy diet. I also know how important it is for me to move my body, so I make sure to get at least 40 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or activity three to four times a week. It helps me to know that my doctor has options if this isn’t enough to keep my cholesterol under control, he has things he may prescribe me, such as a statin.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
There are so many things that I love about exercising and keeping my mind and body healthy. I get to enjoy long walks with my dog, America, and my Ultimate Concierge—my husband, Shelly. We travel to places both near and far, make new friends all over the world… There is no limit to the adventures we can have. One of the things that allows my family to continue to enjoy these things is keeping a healthy active lifestyle.
Exercise can look different for everyone, from yoga to boxing, swimming to tai-chi, or simply walking around your neighborhood, it’s not the activity you choose that matters, just that you’re getting that exercise into your day. Boxing was a big part of my life before the pandemic, and I enjoy putting on the gloves and sparring with a partner. Who says exercise can’t be fun?
YOUR DOCTOR KNOWS BEST
Statin therapy is a critical part of achieving lower cholesterol levels. While there are several statins available, not all statins are the same – what works for one person may differ for another. Having regular conversations with your doctor can help you find a statin that may be better suited for you and help you achieve your cholesterol goal.
Doctors may choose to prescribe LIVALO® (pitavastatin), which is a statin for adults with high cholesterol that, along with a heart-healthy diet, helps lower total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol, triglycerides, and Apo B, and raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”). LIVALO has not been studied to evaluate its effect on reducing heart-related disease or death, but may be part of an individualized approach to treatment. Common side effects include back pain, muscle pain, constipation, diarrhea, and pain in the legs or arms.
Talk to your doctor about managing cholesterol and understanding if a statin, like LIVALO, is right for you. You can learn more by visiting here.
And remember, living a healthy lifestyle, getting active and eating a well-balanced diet, doesn’t have to be boring! Make it your own, go outside, try a new hobby, get a friend involved, but most of all enjoy yourselves. Life is an adventure!
Important Safety Information for LIVALO® (pitavastatin) tablets
What is LIVALO?
- LIVALO is a cholesterol-lowering medication called a “statin” for adults with high cholesterol that, along with a heart-healthy diet, helps to lower total cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides, and Apo B and to raise “good” cholesterol (HDL-C).
- LIVALO has not been studied to evaluate its effect on reducing heart-related disease or death.
Who should NOT take LIVALO?
LIVALO is not right for everyone. Do not take LIVALO if:
- You have a known allergy to LIVALO or any of its ingredients.
- You have active liver problems, including some abnormal liver test results.
- You are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant, as it may harm the baby.
- You are currently taking cyclosporine or gemfibrozil.
What is the most important information I should know and talk to my doctor about? ● Call your healthcare provider or get help right away if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, or hives.
- Muscle problems may be an early sign of rare, serious conditions. Tell your doctor right away if you have any unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever, or if these muscle signs or symptoms persist after discontinuing LIVALO.
- Serious liver problems have been reported rarely in patients taking statins, including LIVALO. Your doctor should do liver tests before you start, and if you have symptoms of liver problems while you are taking LIVALO. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you feel more tired than usual, have a loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark-colored urine, or yellowing of the skin or eyes.
- Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications you take including nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
- Increases in blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including LIVALO.
- Tell your doctor about your alcohol use.
- Tell your healthcare provider of a known or suspected pregnancy.
What are the most common side effects of LIVALO?
The most common side effects of LIVALO in clinical studies were:
- Back pain • Muscle pain
- Constipation • Pain in the legs or arms
This is not a complete list of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store and take LIVALO?
- Store LIVALO tablets at room temperature, in a dry place, protected from light, and keep out of the reach of children.
- Take LIVALO orally once daily with or without food at the same time each day.
- Swallow the tablet whole. Do not split, crush, dissolve, or chew.
- The maximum recommended dosage is LIVALO 4 mg once daily.
- If you take too much LIVALO or you or someone else takes an overdose, call your doctor and/or local Poison Control Center.
Other important information I should know about LIVALO.
- LIVALO is available by prescription only.