Category Archives: Heart disease reversal

New Track Your Plaque record!

The record for the largest drop in heart scan score (by percentage of starting score) has been held for around three years, with 63% reduction in score. Well, the longstanding record was broken this week: 75% reduction in score. At … Continue reading

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What goes up can’t come down

According to conventional wisdom, heart scan scores cannot be reduced. In other words, say you begin with a heart scan score of 300. Conventional wisdom says you should take aspirin and a statin drug, eat a low-fat “heart healthy” diet, … Continue reading

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The Russert Protocol at work

Without a concerted effort at prevention, heart scan scores (coronary calcium scores) grow like weeds. The average rate of growth is 30% per year. Keith is an illustrative case. At age 39, Keith’s heart scan score was 29, in the … Continue reading

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LDL cholesterol, statins, and plaque regression

The ASTEROID Trial reported in 2006 examined the effects of LDL cholesterol reduction using the statin drug, rosuvastatin (Crestor), with coronary atherosclerosis quantified and tracked with intracoronary ultrasound. The Track Your Plaque report, New study confirms: LDL of 60 mg … Continue reading

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Heart disease is reversible

In a previous post, Take this survey: I double-dare you, I posed a challenge: Ask your doctor: Is heart disease reversible? Their answer: 1) No. Heart disease is definitely not reversible. 2) Yes, in rare instances, like lightning striking twice. … Continue reading

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Another big Track Your Plaque success story

Lorenzo is an 81-year old retired manufacturing engineer whose intial heart scan score in late 2006 was an alarming 1102. Recall that, despite feeling well and having a normal stress test, Lorenzo was facing a heart attack and death risk … Continue reading

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Take this survey: I DOUBLE-DARE YOU

In a previous post I entitled Heart disease reversal a big “No No”, I posed a challenge–a dare–to readers to ask their doctors if coronary heart could be reversed. Here’s what I said: I dare you: Ask your doctor whether … Continue reading

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Is skinny necessary for reversal?

Nothing we do in the Track Your Plaque program guarantees that coronary atherosclerotic plaque or your heart scan score is reduced or reversed. But everything we do weighs the odds in your favor of successfully achieving reversal: correction of lipoprotein … Continue reading

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Explosive plaque growth

Every once in a while, we will see someone experience more-than-expected rate of coronary plaque growth, a sudden jump in heart scan scores. I’m talking about increases in score of 50%, even 100%, sometimes despite favorable lipid and lipoprotein patterns. … Continue reading

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Study review: yet another Lipitor study

This continues a series I’ve begun recently that discusses studies that have emerged over the past 10 years relevant to heart scan scoring and reversal of coronary atherosclerotic plaque. The St. Francis Heart Study from St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New … Continue reading

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