Ironmike, you are indeed lucky to have discovered your condition as early as you have, instead of just keeling over 10 years from now and never waking up.
Most men get their first (and last) heart attack without warning. about
half of them don't survive.
So, the question for you to answer is how long do you want to live, 10 more years or 40 more years.
How big the changes you make will have the most to do with your outcome.
You've got the Lipitor... that is good. Hopefully you are not taking the brand name, but instead get the generic atorvastatin which costs only a fraction of the name brand. Same pill.
Next you are exercising.... but you need to know that while exercise is essential, it will not have nearly the effect as the change you make in your diet. I'm not talking about
a few more veggies and fruits and cutting down on red meat. NO...if you choose that 40 year option, then you need to make some real changes. They need not be made overnight, but over the next months and years you can completely alter your diet... Or some prefer to do it all at once.
Re-read that other thread started by New Guy... I know you already posted there,, but re-read it several times.
Then begin to read and view videos by the people he mention. Lots and lots of free YouTube videos.
Spend a hour every few nights watching them. Take a month or so... watch 10 or 15 hours of the various talks.
The names... Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Dean Ornish,
There are others. Watch the film, Forks Over Knives
Read their books.
You might visit the site New Guy mentioned, for Dr. McDougall. Everything there is free. Discussion, videos, and more. Tons of free stuff.
Because you are only 43 years old, I'd not be inclined to do half way measures. Your regular doctors won't lead you to these more aggressive measures.... in great part because the simply don't believe that many of their patients will follow such programs.
Don't make a instant judgement. View and read for a few weeks, then make up your own mind.
Former President Clinton didn't initially follow the advice they give, then he had quintuple bypass surgery. Even then he only went half way, until his bypass grafts started closing up...
That did it for him.. he was scared of dying. So he went back to Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Ornish and finally got with the program so he could live to see his grandchild born.
Clinton is not a idiot.... he believes what Esselstyn and Ornish have to say.
Start reading. Don't depend on your doctor to set a high bar. They won't.
Its all up to you. Begin learning and allow the time needed to have your tastes adjust to a new way of eating. After a while it becomes normal.
Doing less will leave you facing a slower--- but steady--- progression to the point you'll need stents or more. Diet will have more to do with your success than exercise. Both are best, along with the statin you have been given.
OK... thats all. There are no guarantees, but some paths give you much better odds of living longer without severe heart problems.
PS.. Your doctor is right about
more tests. They will not and should not give you another cath angiogram or regular CT Angiogram, unless you get much worse in terms of symptoms.
Each CT angiogram gives you a large dose of radiation. Much more than the cath from what I know.
So, other than your cholesterol tests, you'll be flying blind for some time to come.
You've already gotten the "gold standard" exam including your current blockages and FFR reading.
You have all the info needed to proceed in order to slow or halt the progression. Your choice.
Post Edited (Franklen) : 12/8/2015 9:27:14 PM (GMT-7)