How many success stories do you hear of ? I talk to a few people a year about my recovery from severe atherosclerosis and emergency bypass surgery. A couple each year make significant changes to their diets.
One fellow at work was having angina regularly, and his doctor did not suggest he needed a stent. I told him to ask about it. The doctor agreed and a couple weeks later he felt better. Recently he was having some angina walking to the building from the parking lot. His night time diet was not so good, and he was walking too fast. This angina has now gone away, too.View Thread
Herbs and spices are incredibly high in anti-oxidants, especially that Italian favorite, Oregano. From numbers I've seen, 3 ounces of dried oregano has the total anti-oxidants of 90 pomegranates, 270,000 units.
People should get into herbs and spice variations on their recipes, and make any dish "Mediterranean" and heart healthy.
I even add a sprinkle of oregano to my eggwhites, and a spoonful of parsely flakes in my oatmeal.
Curry powder with turmeric is a very powerful spice in terms of its health benefits.
"I'm wondering whether you have a medical background or the advice you give is mainly born out of your experience as a patient. "
Rehab specialists are very conservative in what they tell patients due to liability concerns. I am a former college athlete in unusual circumstances of very severe atherosclerosis. Part of the conundrum in rehab is continued improvement, but not overstressing the heart.
The one pubmed article I cite above is the small tip of the iceberg of research material I have read the past 9 years. Studies on the mechanisms of arterial blockages, the effect of diet on atherosclerosis, anti-oxidant effect on LDL, diet effects on HDL, studies on paraoxonase, endothelial progenitor cells, collaterals and their formation, plus all manner of studies or books on various exercise modalities for cardiac rehabilitation are among what I read.
I am a patient in regular contact with my internist, my cardiologist, and my HMO. The two doctors have full time practices, and have not done much research in cardiac rehabilitation since it out of their area of expertise. I was assigned a 3rd doctor who checked me at home for nearly a year every two weeks. I discuss what I read and learn with all these people. My HMO periodically has a nurse call me and interview me every month for a few months, with whom I also discuss what I do in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, and what I learn in research.
I received a fairly extreme compliment from the interview nurse a few months ago after a particularly long discussion with her about what I do, and the information I keep up with. She found me extremely knowledgeable, and way ahead of almost anyone she has spoken to on cardiac rehabiliation and lifestyle changes for atherosclerosis. She said I should write a book so I can share everything I have learned with others.
So far, I just write primarily on WebMD. You won't find any contradictions from doctors, though there have been one or two people who give me a little grief. I could not care less. I am privileged to have the backing of webMD as a regular and accurate contributor.
Assume I am wrong at your own risk. My wife asked my cardiologist for a prognosis on how long I might live after bypass surgery in January 2006. People always get an answer. Silence is a cruel blow. She was given silence. I am here 4 years later, a healthy athletic patient in recovery with no signs of expected heart failure, able to get out and play basketball with kids a third my age occasionally.
Wisdom is a gift from above, to be shared.
PS: or more accurately, a predicted dead man, out walking, rowing, shooting hoops, lifting weights, loving my wife, and doing just about any activity I choose.
Not only does trans fat reduce HDL counts, it also makes it less functionally capable at reverse cholesterol transport and as an anti-oxidant, AND impacts the capability of EPCs to repair arteries.
So it reduces and partially cripples HDL and EPCs, both. That makes it a really bad thing to have in the food supply. How should we characterize those who think it should be in our food ? Domestic terrorists ?View Thread
That is a lot of walking. Is that 3 days worth of exercise, or all in one shot ? Its aerobic unless you were out of breath a lot of the time. Breathing hard indicates one is working too hard.
How beneficial it is depends on how fit you are for it. If it left you exhausted, it was too much. Reading a book at the same time, maybe too easy.
An hour at a time is plenty of exercise. 7 hours a week is a good plan, across at least 4 days. I don't try 3 hour activities too often, though I did manage to play casual bandminton year ago for about that long, was not overly tired afterwards.View Thread