Jode, I also don't have CAD, but my husband recently had angiography and a stint placement for CAD. The diets recommended in the books cited are essentially oil-free vegan diets, and will without doubt lower cholesterol and triglycerides for most people. The problem is, if you happen to be one of the unfortunate people with a genetic-based hyperlipidemia, your liver will make cholesterol out of whatever materials it gets, so you may still have high cholesterol counts. Also, as Selmer said, the diets are so highly restrictive that few people are able to maintain them.
Certainly limiting your intake of simple carbohydrates and of fats, especially saturated and hydrogenated fats is beneficial. One very important factor in improving your HDL (good cholesterol) to LDL (bad cholesterol) level is exercise. However, since you already know you have CAD, please wait until after your heart function has been evaluated to start any new exercise programs.
Also be aware that if you have been treated with steroids such as Prednisone for your RA, they are well-known for raising blood sugar and resistance to insulin, causing type II diabetes. This can also contribute to the heart issues.
For now, relax, take it easy and pamper yourself to keep from getting too anxious. Remember that CAD is treatable and many people are walking around who have been very successfully treated. When my husband had his procedure, he was found to have a 98% blockage, yet he had had absolutely no symptoms. On his last follow-up with the cardiologist, he was released to do whatever physical activities he wants without restriction. The doctor said his heart is in great shape now and not a problem, he just needs to follow up every six months.
Good luck to you, and keep us posted on how you do.
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