Nov 6
GVEarwood
GVEarwood , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

From bypass to stents to more stents to more stents and now, more stents?

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In July, 2005 I underwent open heart/bypass CABG surgery. The fixed 3 of 5 that needed attention then a few months later stented the other two. For the past 4 years I have begun experiencing angina in early ot mid Autumn. After 2 Christmas Eves in hospital after more stent installation, another cath done for 2 aortic stents in January 2016, I'm feeling the angina again. Does anyone else have a recurring situation like this. 

My blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, COPD, alight anemia, depression, diet, and limited exericse are all in perfect range throught they year and even now. Could be the fault of my forebears due to hyperlipedemia? 

 

1 Comment
  • JamesPatrick
    JamesPatrick,
    "On January 12, 2016, a friend suggested I watch the documentary, "Forks over Knives." I watched it and thought it made some sense, but continued to eat my heavily laden meat, dairy, and egg diet. I was 63 years old, 270 pounds at the time, and had a total cholesterol of 170 mg/dL. About 2 weeks after watching the documentary, I had a major heart attack in my LAD (left anterior descending artery) where I had 2 stents implanted. Within less than a week following my heart attack, I ordered the books "How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Dr. Caldwell Essylsten Jr. and "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell. I read them cover to cover, found them fascinating reads and could not put them down. I decided to start my journey with a whole foods, plant-based diet; I dropped the meat, dairy, and processed foods immediately and started walking 30 minutes a day. After 90 days of eating this way, I was taken off my blood thinner, Warfarin, and my statin drug. I also lost 25 pounds! By 6 months, my total cholesterol was down to 107 mg/dL and my weight down 40 pounds from the lifestyle changes. By December 27, 2016, just 11 months after my heart attack, I got the ok to stop all my medications except for taking an aspirin a day. I was now down 70 pounds and had a total cholesterol of 105 mg/dL. Blood Pressure came way down to 105/60. None of these changes would have been possible without my own due diligence and self education. My cardiologist and my primary care physician both told me they had little knowledge of nutrition. In fact, my physician told me that he was trained to "push band-aides and drugs to fix health issues.” My cardiologist said I was among the 1% of people who do anything proactive after having a heart attack. Although he could not advise me on nutrition, he encouraged me to stay on the course I had chosen
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