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 Posted 7/28/2013 11:47:53 PM
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I was prompted to join the forum when in May, at the age of 56, I came back from a routine 2 mile run and had a heart attack. I run two or three times a week, once with a running club where we do a 6 mile run. Prior to the attack my vitals were OK ie cholesterol, Blood pressure etc. One concern however had been that my running had deteriorated somewhat over the last 2 years but I put this down to the fact that I had put on over a stone in weight and had not really shifted it. Having said that my BMI was still fine. After 4 days in Hospital and an angiogram they said my main arteries were fine but a minor artery was slightly narrowed. The doc said he did not feel it was mandatory but he would advise a stent. You are laying on the op table and you have to make a decision and to some extent I regret saying yes. I was given the usual cocktail of drugs, Aspirin, Tacigrelor, Statin, beta blocker and ramipiril. Of my own accord I decided after 2 weeks to stop the statin, ramipiril and beta blocker as my cholesterol, blood pressure and heart rate have, pre event and post event always been fine. I actually stopped the tacigrelor for a week but then realised that this was probably not wise. I have modified my diet so a typical day consists of breakfast - ready brek oats with Kiwi fruit and green tea and toast, Lunch Mackerel on toast and green tea followed by banana,apple,kiwi and raspberry smoothie, evening meal salmon and veg. I now do yoga twice a week and have just started swimming. My weight is down 21lbs from before the attack. The neg side is that I have stopped taking supp's bar a vit C supp' as the other capsules appeared to be upsetting my stomach. I still feel the aspirin and Ticegrelor are doing enough stomach upsetting. I also from time to time get a single sharp pain in my heart area. Just a single stab although never when I am exercising, it's usually when I am sat or laid in bed as last night. Generally frustrated with the medical profession who seem to have little knowledge or no time for discussions on nutrition. Any thoughts or additional advice welcome.
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 Posted 7/30/2013 4:43:08 AM
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Welcome to the Forums, Olias.

Have you looked at Life Extension's information concerning cardiovascular disease? http://www.lef.org/protocols/heart_circulatory/coronary_artery_disease_atherosclerosis_01.htm

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 Posted 7/30/2013 5:34:43 AM
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Many thanks for that link. Anyone know how I can get  VAP blood test given that I am in England ?.
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I am in a big hurry and cannot respond fully now. I had a heart attack in 11-11. I have two stents. I am on aspirin, and beta blocker bystolic third generation and also on an ARB Azor which is a combo calcium channel blocker and ARB Benicar. I am also on Atorvastatin which is Lipitor.

I can tell you unequivocally that I tried the natural approach to cholesterol control and it failed miserably. It almost killed me. Get back on heart drugs until your heart is repaired and recovers.


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 Posted 8/8/2013 10:20:18 PM
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Hi

My cholesterol levels seem OK ie- in UK terms total cholesterol 3.49 HDL 1.02 LDL 2.47

I admit that the 4 weeks I spent on a statin it smashed my LDL down to 1.6

My main concern is that although when I walk briskly or swim multiple lengths of the pool I have no reactions, I do occasionally when sat or laying get a sharp stab in my chest area. Could this be to do with the stent I had inserted in a minor artery ?. I also find that the Ticgrelor and aspirin (the two drugs I am taking) do upset my stomach a bit
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 Posted 8/9/2013 2:58:26 AM
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Welcome to the Forums, aew.

Olias, what does your physician say about the stabbing pain?

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Instead of trying to figure it all out, why don't you try spend some money and try 4 or 5 of the LEF heart health products and then see what happens.

You never mentioned what nutritional products you are taking.
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My cardiologist refuses to see me until Sept 2nd (had the attack on May 10th). I had to pay to see another one about a month ago, he thought the occasional twinges would be the settling in of the stent. I have asked all these people where I can get certain blood tests mentioned here but they either dont know or will not say. I mention the latter because its hard to believe that they cant suggest a UK lipid clinic where I can pay to have tests. I am UK based so assume its not practical to have the Lifeextension blood tests ?.

I am taking Ticagrelor and aspirin to lower platelet aggregation and thin blood. After 1 month I stopped the Statin, beta blocker, and rampiril because my cholesterol, heart rate and blood pressure have always been fine

Did start taking the following supp's - Vit C, Omega 3, Co Q10 but foud they add to my uneasy stomach which is probably taking a beating from the aspirin and Ticagrelor. Wondered whether the capsules were bothering me rather than the contents. I now only take a vit c in a soluble form

Eating oily fish about 5 times per week, cut out pretty much all sugar (I liked deserts and would take half a spoon in my numerous cups of tea). I now drink only green tea. My weight at time of attack was 194lbs and I am now 171lbs. I now do Yoga twice a week and swim a couple of times a week as well as walking about 3 miles per day. None of these cause me any distress, in fact I feel best when I am walking or doing yoga etc.

I am 56 years old and 6 feet so my BMI before the attack was OK but now its probably impressive
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Life Extenson regrets that their blood testing services are not available to non-US members.

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What if I was to make a visit to the USA ?
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