Since I've been diagnosed with PAD nobody has insisted I take a statin either.
HOWEVER!!! - the 'nice' cardiac nurse who deals with intermittent claudication did actually tell me that no way pedro would 'they' put a stent in, unless I took them. (and especially in my case packed up smoking, but that doesn't apply in your case, and anyway if it looks like I need a stent a) I will have to pack up smoking, there will be an urgent need which I'll have to respond to! but b) I'd wait and see what the cardiologist himself said about statins and ask him if he thinks longevity is more important than QOL (cos I don't if you needed me to tell you that!)
The nasty nurse I saw once was enough. She asked me why she should 'waste her time' seeing me if I wasn't going to help myself. I didn't answer, presumably they have to see me every 12 months cos that's the NHS rules for hardening of the arteries, cos actually after the very first time I ever saw her when she measured all the pulses and took Doppler readings and explained about the right exercises to try and get new blood vessels to grow and then 3 months later to see how I was getting on, there's never been any other examination nor anything new. There again it's never got any worse as yet, but what I will find when I can walk better, remains to be seen. So, I dunno why they do waste their time really! LOL (I approve of being checked up on occasionally, means I'm still 'in the system' so presumably might get seen quicker if I had a problem, though 'quicker' is not actually a word one can use in connection with the NHS at the moment !)
Anyway - whilst obviously you will think about the various nuances of whatever you re told by whoever you see, rumours and threats by those lower down the food chain than the actual expert, only need to be borne in mind, not taken as Gospel!