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Heart & Blood Health | Last Active: Jun 21, 2016 | Replies (7)

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Thanks for your reply. The myths you speak of make me think back to the 50s when I was a child. When we heard of heart attacks they were usually among those with high stress lifestyles. I guess this notion was more of a correlation than clinically proven.

A doctor friend told me of a cholesterol study made with veterans. They had dietary data that went from WW II to present day VA hospitals. They found ARMY veterans had less heart disease than submarine sailors. They linked fresh dairy as the cause. The ARMY got powdered milk and eggs whereas the sailors on subs got fresh eggs and milk. They concluded that animal cholesterol was a factor in heart disease.

I often wonder if they considered stress. We used to hear soldiers speak of weeks of boredom punctuated by hours of shear terror. Sub duty was arguably more stressful on a day-to-day basis.

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Hi @bob270 I had a stent placed in my mid-40s, and they figure my blockage was caused both by higher cholesterol in the 200s, but also with all the stress I had in my life. I have been working through these last years on reducing stress and my cholesterol, and some days are harder than others, but I am making progress.

Hi Heart Patches. Interesting that stress was included in your diagnosis. I had four stents installed in 2008 at MAYO-Rochester. No reason for my blockages (one at 98% and 3 more at 70%). I felt I'd had too many ham and cheese omelets over the years.I did have some horrific stress from my life in corporate America (what one guy called, "strange atmospherics"). I have gradually learned how to avoid stress.

Hi again Heat Patches.

I'm not good at navigating this site, but I did go to your discussion page and read of your struggles with worry. Your father's comment, "Don't sweat the small stuff" was familiar to me back in the 50s. In the 40s my father had a book written by Dale Carnegie, "How to stopping worrying and start living". He said, "Fully 85% of what you worry about doesn't amount to a hill of beans" or something like that. 85% resonated with me.

Thank you for sharing the title of that book. I will be doing some research to see if I can find it. I have gotten better over the past few years, but still worry at times, not about myself but for my boys and how this world has changed.