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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Posted 6/8/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -7)
May I ask your your credentials are to be giving such strong suggestions on people's diet? Are you a registered dietiation? Registered Nurse, Physician or Cardiologist? Do you have Heart Disease? or a heart condition that you feel qualifies you to relate to some of the posters here?
This forum is first and foremost for encouragement and support. The people who post here have very real diseases/disorders which are scary to face. They are mostly reaching out here to find people who have similiar/like problems or disorders. Sometimes just to know that your not alone in a disease is a big thing when your sick. Yes, sharing of information is a huge part of this forum. The sharing of experiances and knowledge.
I understand that you feel this diet would be beneficial to many people here. However, I havent seen anyone post about diet, or anything that would even pertain to this being appropiate for you to post. I dont think it is right to just assume that someone has a bad diet or isnt eating right just because they have CAD, or heart disease.
I am also seeing a very critical tone out of your posts here lately...please know that your "speaking" to other adults and be respectful. I am sorry I couldnt address this to you in person but you dont have your e-mail addy activated so I had to post it here. Should you have a reply please address it to my e-mail which is under my username.
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