Is this forum also for alternatives and prevention?

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   Posted 7/28/2014 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been reading current and past posts and have been surprised to see so few posts about prevention, diet, and possible alternatives to the common path of being diagnosed with a blockage, then the only choice being a stent or bypass.
Of course I do realize that many many heart problems are not due only to blockages and such. PVC's, valve problems and a host of others conditions.

However, given that a high percentage of folks are on long slow path to eventual coronary artery disease, I'm a bit surprised to not see more posts about "garden variety" artery disease and what might be done to slow or halt the progress.

I recently had a CT angiogram that finally showed what I suspected, a blockage. I had previously had treadmill ekgs, and nuclear profusion SPECT testing, each showing no significant problem about 2 years ago.. I suspect the nuclear profusion scan was negative ONLY because they didn't take me far enough into the treadmill such that I never got to the point of exertion where I normally got angina on all my bike rides.

Anyway, now that I recently am officially diagnosed with a blockage I am and have been more interested in diet and such.
For now I decided to not do a coronary angiogram, because they said if you do one, you must accept that a stent will be placed if they find a blockage of 70% or greater. No time to think about it. They aren't keen to just take a look now and decide on the stent later.
Yet, studies seem to indicate that in situations where individuals only have stable angina, that stenting offers no benefit in terms of preventing heart attacks or deaths.

So I was looking for a place where more people are discussing diet, exercise, and such. Surprised to see so little discussion of it here since the most common form of CAD is around coronary artery problems.

Perhaps there is another place for such conversations? or is it just something not posted about too often?

Ho Yin
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   Posted 8/6/2014 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I am interested in discussing dieting for heart diseases as well. What would you like to discuss about?

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   Posted 8/7/2014 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW and if you use the forum search option at the top of this page, enter your search criteria you will see all posts ever made here and even search other forums if you wish. I know some of the other forums discuss diets and nutrition and the overall benefits of eating and living healthy but not sure if its ever been here.

It can play an integral part of any disease process.

Good luck and Happy reading!!

Knowing when to walk away is WISDOM
Being able to is COURAGE

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   Posted 8/10/2014 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Tell them you want to be referred to exercise or physical therapy and a nutritionist and that.

Your insurance may also provide some sort of help or coaching.

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   Posted 8/10/2014 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing, there is not a one size fits all thing that might be wrong with your diet and/or lifestyle. Make sure particularly that they check your fasting blood glucose, your HbA1c, and a detailed breakdown of your cholesterol and small particles and tell you what those are, and also, what is your body mass index.

In some people heart problems are driven primarily by insulin resistance or diabetes, in some people heart problems are driven by cholesterol, and in some people they are driven by inflammation, apparently. All three problems tend to respond to losing weight and physical condition, but the content carbohydrate vs fat content of your diet is going to vary with what is driving the heart disease.

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   Posted 8/10/2014 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Reason why not much about diet goes on here is that this is a place where people with acute heart problems ask questions. You can find other resources on diet, lifestyle, insulin resistance and that.
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