CHolesterol numbers can be confusing!
REally the difference is in your additional risk factors. It is better to get your HDL above 40 if possible and your LDL under 100 unless you are diabetic then lower than 70. Total cholesterol is not really as important because when you get your HDL/LDL in range than the total will take care of itself.
HDL lets LDL attach to it to help eliminate it. It does it at a 2:1 ratio. So if your HDL is 40 then and LDL of 80 is OK. Does that make sense?
If you are not able to get yours up higher than 35. I probably would not keep increasing the cholesterol med. Crestor is not as bad to cause liver failure and does not seem to be dose dependent. Meaning the higher the dose not necessarily correlate with increase risk. As long as you are getting your labs done at least every 6 months. Then if there was a problem it would be caught early.
Omega 3 is important to cardiac health as well.
WE also know that statins - lipitor, crestor - help to decrease inflammation that can cause heart attacks. THis is usually measured with C-RP levels. So even if your levels of cholesterol is normal, it is now a best practice to take a statin anyway.
I hope this helps and not confused you!