I'm in trouble! Back in 2004 my girlfriend was diagnosed with breast cancer. At that time a friend turned n to The China Study, which led us to a vegan diet. While the diet had a great effect for me, it was too late for her. She died 21 months later. In my grief and depression I gave up my diet and until then relatively healthy lifestyle.
Fast forward to a mild cardiac event and subsequently a stent in 2007. In Spring 2009 I attended a three day McDougall event, was duly impressed and back on board and doing well until I was derailed by another emotional event. Now, large weight gain later, and some tightness in my chest, I have had a "positive" nuclear stress test on a treadmill and the doctor wants me to undergo a heart cath (angioplasty?) and likely a stent.
Since the stent is not a cure, I have told the doctor that I want to pursue a vegan diet to effect a cure for my condition. He has said he agrees with lifestyle change, but that I should get the blood flow back to normal before I attempt the diet/exercise solution.
I have been exercising semi-regularly by walking anywhere from 2 to 6 miles, one to three times a week, plus shorter dog-walking trips. I'm a 65 year old mesomorph, 6-1 and weigh 295. I quit smoking when I was 30 and am a moderate drinker. I really don't want to undergo another angioplasty/stent procedure, but there is a lot of pressure from some of my peeps to do it.
I believe diet is the answer for me, but the docs make me fearful.