question of percentages

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 5/27/2012 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, new here and just starting to sort through the posts. I was diagnosed with CAD back in late 2009 - a friend had a heart attack, I have heart disease in the family and so I just decided on a whim to get a 64 slice CAT scan done. It revealed a blockage in the LAD which a subsequent angiogram confirmed (45 - 50%) I am 59 years old, in good health otherwise, low blood pressure (110/75), non smoker, high HDL (around 70) and now that I've been on 40mg Crestor for three years my LDL has been knocked down from the dangerously high 160 - 170 to about 80 or less. I am completely asymptomatic and echo stress tests as well as EKG's have been normal. My cardiologist says that I am "well managed"

Well, that sounds great but with my dad dying at 60 and my uncle (his brother) at 62 from heart attacks, you can imagine I am still quite worried. Here's the thing: I've been googling this thing to death and have asked my cardiologist but no one cam come up with a solid number. What are my chances of having a serious cardiac event within a year/two years/ten years - as opposed to a person of the same age, same profile but minus the CAD?

I know that percentages don't necessarily mean anything but I'd still like an answer.



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   Posted 5/27/2012 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I can understand why you are concerned but I do not know of any Dr. that will  give you a percentage of your chances of having a heart attack with the information you have.  Remember we have all heard of the person who just had their annual physical, checked out perfect and had a heart attack and died in the lobby of the clinic. 
Good for you getting your LDL down - my own tested at 167 and the Dr. started me on medication but it has not agreed with me so I am working on low cholesterol, low fat diet and this time I am being serious about it. 
As long as your being well managed I would stay away from Dr. Google and live a heart healthy  life style enjoying each and every day. 
I bumped up a thread I post awhile ago as this is the best info for anyone who thinks they may be having a heart attack.  The link in the thread is one of the best.
Big Breath and keep talking with us. 
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   Posted 5/27/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt, I'm looking forward to enjoying the forum. I agree wholeheartedly with all of your points. My lifestyle is good (recently moved to Florida and swim daily), I am about 8 pounds overweight but nothing terrible and, like I said, all my other numbers are good. I most assuredly do not spend my days in fear :)

That said, there are tons cardiac risk calculators on the net but none that give you an actual number if you already HAVE CAD. It would be interesting, to say the least, to know what the percentages are given good numbers on the one hand but an existing LAD atherosclerosis on the other. I guess it's curiosity more than an actual fear. I wouldn't change much in my present lifestyle



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   Posted 9/1/2012 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Studies reveal that the "Bruce Protocol" stress test is an excellent predicter of the potential for an "event".  It would be best to have a cardiologist administer the first test and then you can sort of test yourself periodically, once you have the exact numbers.  The test is taken on a standard treadmill and is (all these numbers are from memory)3 minutes at 1.7 mph and 10% incline, then 3 mins. @ 2.5 mph and 12%, then 3 mins @ 3 mph and 14% incline then finally 3 mins @ 4.2 mph and 15%.  Apparently if you are able to do nearly 9 minutes or more you are very UNLIKELY to have a heart event.  This advice came to me from Sirius satelite "Doctor Radio" channel #81 which originates from NYU Langone Medical center and more particularly from Dr Fred Feit who is an Interventional Cardiologist and has a weekly program; and he also takes toll free calls.  I find this radio channel to be an excellent source of medical advice/information.
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