Statins get a fair bit of bad press on D forums, but this is possibly partly because the Docs are so desperate to get everyone on to them. I’ve read lots of conflicting reports about their benefits and drawbacks, and have yet to face the question myself.
As far as I can tell there is (perhaps) a bit more leeway depending on the breakdown of your total chol. Do you have HDL/LDL/Trigs splits? The ratios between particle sizes seems to be thought to be the better indicator of risk in some circles.