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High Cholesterol or Low CoQ10: Gene’s Story

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May 14, 2013 (Updated: August 16, 2018)
Lily Moran

When I first met Gene in my office, I could see right away that he was suffering from heart failure. He was so weak he could barely stand up, and his legs and feet were badly swollen. When I asked how he was feeling, he complained that his heart felt like it was going to burst from beating so quickly.

“My 78th birthday was last week,” he told me, “but I don’t think I’m going to see another one. I guess my high cholesterol is going to be the end of me.”

High cholesterol was not Gene’s problem. Blood tests revealed that his cholesterol was in the normal range, but he had very low levels of CoQ10 – something common among heart failure patients.

Fortunately, Gene’s condition was easily fixed. I suggested that he start taking 300 mg of CoQ10 every day, and within a couple of weeks, Gene returned looking like a new man.

“Look at these ankles,” he said, lifting his leg so I could see the swelling was gone. “They haven’t looked like this in years.”

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In addition, Gene’s chronic cough was gone and his appetite had returned.

“I even started walking, like you told me to,” he said. “The first day, I only made it down the sidewalk to get the newspaper, but now I’m going around the block. If this keeps up, I’ll be running in a marathon,” he added with a wink.

I’m not sure about the marathon, but Gene’s improvement was exactly what I would expect from a heart failure patient taking the proper dose of CoQ10 because I’ve seen it happen before.

These happy endings are one of the reasons I became a doctor, and as you can see, all it took was one simple supplement to turn a patient’s life around – something we would not have been able to achieve with prescription drugs.

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