FIX IT PLAN
It’s good to re-fuel with a fresh dose of motivation and guidance, and with that in mind I want to tell you about Steven Masley, MD’s “The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up”. I talked about it in an earlier post and linked to it on the Books & Links page, and (ta-da!) I’ve just finished reading it cover to cover.
Masley sums up the book’s purpose quite nicely in the very beginning: “What is the 30-Day Heart Tune-up? It’s all about shrinking arterial plaque, improving circulation, and strengthening your heart-beat.”
An important message I got from this book is that medicine may help us live longer, but it doesn’t stop the underlying cause of elevated blood pressure or cholesterol that leads to being prescribed medication in the first place. So if we rely on medications alone, our bodies will very likely still be forming deadly arterial plaque. Continue reading Book Review~The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up
Progress Report Bill is all the way back!
I have some fantastic news to share about Bill’s latest progress report! It works! He’s off the meds! He’s no longer required to take any prescription medication. His blood pressure is stable, lipid profile excellent, and he’s maintaining his weight loss. This was our target, a major goal in this journey–reversing his heart disease. It symbolizes a younger, healthier Bill. Continue reading Progress Report Spring 2014
Progress Report and Dr. Crandall’s new book!
I’ll never forget the look on Dr. Crandall’s face as he joined us in the exam room and spotted Bill! His expression broke into an irrepressible, ear to ear grin. He kept saying how great he looked, patting Bill’s shoulders and back and nodding approval all the while. “This is really good, what have you been doing?” he wanted to know. And Bill said “Dr. Crandall, I’ve been doing exactly what you told me to do!” This had turned into a pretty good start to our review of Bill’s latest lab work. His weight was down 20 more pounds (total 42), he’d “graduated” from cardiac rehab and was working out almost daily. Continue reading Progress Report
HEARTBURN OR HEART ATTACK?
We’ve all heard that heartburn might actually be a heart attack, right? And hopefully we all know, if you think you could be having a heart attack, you should chew one regular strength aspirin (not enteric coated) for 30 seconds. Doing this may just save your life, and it may also ease your chest pain. And of course call 9-1-1, don’t drive yourself!
But did you know Pepto-Bismol® could also ease the pain of a heart attack? Well we didn’t. Well it can! Had we known, it would have changed the course of events the week of Bill’s heart attack and we would have sought medical attention much, much sooner. In fact, we would likely have prevented his heart event.
Bill had burning pain in his chest after dinner one night that felt like heartburn, a condition he rarely experienced. He swallowed a dose of Pepto-Bismol® and Voila! the pain disappeared. Continue reading Death by Pepto-Bismol®?
A: Thank goodness for modern medicine and the drugs that have been developed to help us when we need it! Unfortunately they often come with side-effects. For example, Bill was prescribed Metoprolol, a beta-blocker, immediately after his heart attack. It slows the heart rate, protecting it and helping it heal, and is also prescribed to reduce blood pressure. But for Bill it also caused bad dreams and difficulty sleeping. Fortunately the Fix It! diet plan, along with weight loss and exercise has caused Bill’s blood pressure to drop significantly and stabilize, so his doctor had him stop taking that medication, and the sleeping issues have disappeared.
Unquestionably it is important to work closely and together with your doctor to monitor your blood pressure and other blood markers for making decisions about modifying your medications, and that’s what Bill is doing. It is also important to Bill and his doctor to try to “treat” his hypertension and heart disease with lifestyle changes rather than medication and so far it’s working!