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DigitalDragon wrote:I'd appreciate any thoughts and information about clinical studies or articles that might support using vigorous exercise and diet to reverse coronary artery disease. There are lots of articles about diet and most mention moderate exercise, but there's very little about the effect of vigorous or extreme exercise.
DigitalDragon wrote: My background: I am 67 years old, with reasonable weight (173lbs, 5"10"), and have been physically active all my life, though in recent years it's been mostly just vigorous walks 2-5 times a week.
DigitalDragon wrote:Thanks to SactoBob, blondie, f1jim, and landog for your help.
DigitalDragon wrote:I haven't gone quite as far as a totally vegetarian, oil-free diet, but I have gone to a mostly vegetarian diet, with fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains & oats, extremely limited oil & fat, and fish such as salmon and trout. I've been doing this for almost three months.
DigitalDragon wrote:I may take the next step to eliminate all oil, fat, and fish from my diet, but I feel I should adjust to my new diet first. A lot will depend on what my stress echo cardiogram later this month shows. If I am convinced that my cardiac condition is as serious as my doctor says, then I'll be more inclined to eliminate all oil, fat, and fish from my diet, but I'm coming to realize he's not very informed about cardiac issues.
DigitalDragon wrote:My doctor insists I'll be dead in 2-3 years if I don't do the catheterization, but from what I can tell, my condition is not as serious as many others. My cholesterol was borderline acceptable three months ago (and has probably improved since then). my weight is acceptable and dropping, and I've exercised regularly all my life. A resting EKG and a resting echo cardiogram both showed no problems at all (but a stress EKG and CT scan did show a possible problem). I've had no chest pains and no symptoms other than the weakness, dizziness, and fainting when my doctor was prescribing too much high blood pressure medicine. The only cardiac problem in my immediate family was my mother having a stroke at age 89.
DigitalDragon wrote:I just don't think my doctor has grounds for asserting that I'll be dead in 2-3 years if I don't follow his advice.
DigitalDragon wrote:Using a heart monitor while I walk, hike, and run, I've already noticed my heart rate dropping even though I'm exercising harder and longer, so I believe I'm on the right track. When I get the results late this month of the stress echo cardiogram and current cholesterol levels, I'll consider whether to take the next dietary step and go totally vegan.
DigitalDragon wrote:In the meantime, I'm still looking for information about the role vigorous or extreme exercise can play in reversing coronary artery disease, coupled with a suitable diet.
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