Today I see my cardiologist for an echocardiogram and one year follow up after my mitral valve repair one year ago. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you all for responding. It helps to know you're not alone.
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You can read "The Spectrum" by Dean Ornish, M.D., "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, M.D., and/or "The Super Carb Diet" by Bob Harper. I wish I could say there is a cure. I was diagnosed with CAD last year and at this point I'm just trying to avoid a heart attack or stroke. I'm 68, quit smoking in 1988, worked a high stress job until last year when I retired, and although I ate a low fat diet I ate alot of sugar. I was unable to reduce my cholesterol with diet & exercise so I've taken a statin for approx. 18 years. This year I started taking Crestor to the horror of my family and friends. (Both parents had heart disease.) So…. I stopped eating meat, cut back on dairy, fat, and sugar. I'm trying to manage my stress level and walk more. You have the advantage of being young. Good luck.
I’ve given up meat, although I will eat fish or seafood on occasion. I’ve cut back on dairy and am trying to eat as little fat and sodium as possible. Sugar has always been a problem but I’ve improved. I’ve been reading different books on diets for heart disease. I am interested in why you drink sipping vinegar and turmeric. What is A1c?
Mine is also hereditary. I had my mitral valve repaired last October and during a routine cardiac catheterization they found the blockages. I assumed my dad had a heart attack because of his smoking, but apparently he had high cholesterol too. I stopped eating red meat and pork and try to limit all fat. Giving up sugar has been harder.
Did you have a heart attack before your triple bypass? If not, how did they know you needed surgery? Did you eliminate fat & sugar? Right now I have a 20, 30, and 60 blockage. Thank you so much for your response. I'm glad you are doing well.