There are a couple of things that can cause arrhythmia and one of them is a blocked artery. So in this case it could be splitting hairs to say it was not a heart attack if it was caused by a blocked artery.
Thanks, EG and Josvin for your good wishes. I do not know if I had a mild heart attack. Is going into v fib and needing a crash cart a mild heart attack? I haven't made up my mind yet about nuts. If I decide on eating them and I have another heart attack, you realize I am coming after you with a loaded pistol, EG. (By the way--my brother and I were supposed to drive from Phoenix to Salt Lake City in a couple of weeks but now he doesn't want to be away from a major medical center on one of those long desert highways with me in the car. So Salt Lake City will have to wait.)
Hi, Dead. I eat vegetables, grains, potatoes and sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, fruit and beans and I was eating 2.5 ounces of minced clams thrown into a vat of soup and therefore lasting four or five days and a few ounces of canned wild caught sockeye salmon. Also being persuaded by fuhrman, I had one walnut with each of my four meals. Unfortunately, at my daughter's house where I visit about once a week, I would grab a handful of the kids chips and on Easter had a few ounces of ham (which McDougall says is all right for a special holiday dinner.) I think that precipitated the pain and finally the MI and v fib. So now I am strictly no fat vegan for a while and will see how I do. However, unless hauled away to the ER I have no intention of having another invasive look around my arteries--and I consider the amount of radiation from a ct scan invasive.
In his book, Eat to Live, Fuhrman says for diabetics to limit animal food to no more than two servings of fish per week. Does this mean it is better to eat no animal food at all but if you do to only eat 2 fish servings per week or that diabetics should eat two fish servings per week as part of their diet plan?
What is Fuhrman's opinion on vitamin K1 vs K2. Evidently there are studies which show K1 does nothing as far as preventing heart disease but it is K2 that is preventive. However, K2 is found in natto and sauerkraut, two foods that people don't stand in line to eat, and things like salami, cheese and other meats. So it seems the very things we assume cause artery blockages are the foods that some studies have shown contain K2 to prevent heart disease.
Any comments? Evidently we do not convert K1 to K2 very efficiently.
Ufat, did you do something different after your test? Did you go on a low fat plant based diet or Dr. Davis's higher fat lower carb diet? How did you make the decision?
What concerns me about this calcium scan is that I read that your arteries could be filled with plaque but no calcium could show up on the scans because as yet there just isn't any. My son in law had this test and is very confident he has no artery problems because they found no calcium. If he does have plaque, now is the time to attend to it before calcium shows up on the scan but he feels very safe because of the result of this test.
I am laughing to myself, ufat, because when I read it I thought--useless. So we read the same thing and came to different conclusions. It is expensive and dangerous and is used to decide whether or not to give people more or different meds. And how often are you going to pay six hundred dollars and expose yourself to more radiation?
I also refused a stress test a couple of years ago. I figured, if there is any question--start changing your lifestyle. So regardless of what any test might find as far as artery disease is concerned, diet, exercise, meditation and maybe some other things would be the route I would take anyway so why take the calcium scan and end up having your doc insisting on meds you don't want to take anyway? I have diabetes and know I have a greater risk of lots of things than non diabetics so I don't need any test to tell me that.
Stop the presses! Does calcium score predict future heart attack? I thought the biggest problem with heart disease was clots breaking off from small plaques. Are these small plaques covered with calcium deposits? Are calcium deposits actually protective in that the plaque might not rupture if covered with calcium?
You could have a test which shows no calcium but that does not mean you are heart attack proof because you could still have plaque filled arteries. Do we know for certain that the higher the calcium score the more likely you are to have a heart attack? If so is it the calcium or the fact that your diet is so poor that it causes blocked arteries which cause calcium to be laid down as a protection?
I do not have the reference but I remember many years ago reading that a study was done that showed that eating lettuce was more protective than omega threes and people who ate the greens had fewer heart incidents than those eating omega threes. (I think this was around the time that everyone was oohing and ahing over the lack of heart attacks among the Inuit.)
However, how many vitamins are people getting who eat fortified foods. Even something which is supposed to be a vegan substitute for cheese (nutritional yeast) has folic acid in it with no label warning not to eat more than 2.5 tablespoons full (this 440 mcgs folic acid which is the daily value for the vitamin.