Category Archives: Heart disease prevention

Why are heart attacks still happening?

I’m a cardiologist. I see patients with heart disease in the form of coronary artery disease every day. These are people who have undergone bypass surgery, received one or more stents or undergone other forms of angioplasty, have survived heart … Continue reading

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Myocardial infraction

I’ve seen a few heart attacks this past year . . . but none in the people who follow this program. I saw a heart attack in a priest, a wonderful man who was unable to say “no” to his … Continue reading

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Normal cholesterol panel . . . no heart disease?

I often hear this comment: “I have a normal cholesterol panel. So I have low risk for heart disease, right?” While there’s a germ of truth in the statement, there are many exceptions. Having “normal” cholesterol values is far from … Continue reading

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Thirteen catheterizations later

When I first met her, Janet couldn’t stop sobbing. She’d just been through her 10th heart catheterization in two years. It started with chest pains at age 56, prompting her first heart catheterization that uncovered severe atherosclerotic blockages in all … Continue reading

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How to have a heart attack in 10 easy steps

If you would like to plan a heart attack in your future, here are some easy-to-follow steps to get you there in just a few short months or years: 1) Follow a low-fat diet. 2) Replace fat calories with “healthy … Continue reading

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Family lessons

Lou was recovering from his 3rd bypass operation. This third go-round left him weaker, slower, less quick on the rebound. In fact, he was lucky to have survived. At 71 years old, Lou went a good 15 years since his … Continue reading

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It’s the score, stupid

Sal has had 3 heart scans. (He was not on the Track Your Plaque program.) His scores: March, 2006: 439 April, 2007: 573 October, 2009: 799 Presented with the 39% increase from April, 2007 to October, 2009, Sal’s doctor responded, … Continue reading

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Track Your Plaque: Safer at any score

Imagine two people. Tom is a 50-year old man. Tom’s initial heart scan score was 500–a concerning score that carries a 5% risk for heart attack per year. Harry is also 50 years old. His heart scan score is 100–also … Continue reading

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Procedures ‘R Us

Kay came to the office for an opinion. Over the past 8 months, she’d received a stent to the left anterior descending coronary artery and, during a separate procedure, a stent to the left subclavian artery. “My cardiologist was very … Continue reading

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What would life be like . . . ?

What if coronary heart disease could be prevented–no eliminated–applying methods that were accessible, easy, and cheap? What if coronary heart disease and, thereby, angina, heart attack, sudden cardiac death, ventricular tachycardia, heart failure, and the cerebrovascular equivalent, stroke, could be … Continue reading

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