Bob, thanks for the extensive post. I'm sure I understand very little of the specifics but it did lead me to some interesting pages... regarding Reversible Perfusion Defects...
While I still have near zero understanding, I now see the kind of images the doctors are looking at.
http://brighamrad.harvard.edu/education ... tents.html
Lots of images under Reversible Perfusion Defects...
And from Stanford a explanation of defects..
"There are different types of radionuclides. When one type of radionuclide is used, areas of the myocardium that have blocked or partially blocked arteries will be seen on the scan as "cold spots," or "defects," because these areas will be unable to take in the radionuclide into the myocardium."
Like you indicated, I think reversible defects are those that they think they can bring back to a better condition by surgery or stents, whereas fixed defects are those which will remain as defects due to too much damage having occurred.
Well, I can see it would take lots of reading to understand it all.
Hopefully you can continue to reverse the defects, thus permanently avoiding the need for stents or surgery.
I think doctors see little hope because they seldom encounter a patient who will become really serious about dietary change and of course they really don't offer that knowledge even IF they know it. Even if the doctor and patient both believed in the possibility, I'm thinking less than one patient in 20 would fully comply with the necessary dietary changes.
They seem happy to put in stents or do bypass, even if studies don't show longer term advantages. Besides, lots more money in stents and surgery. Veggies are low profit. I'd say you could get a 100 year supply of veggies for the cost of one coronary bypass.
Keep up the good work. Success leads to even greater motivation.
I have about 50% of my neighbors who could use the same advice but of course will never take the steps.
Only last week, members of the local church came by my house to ask what more they thought the church could offer.
I said the best thing they could offer would be dietary advice for their members since so many have diabetes and heart risks.
Not sure they do such but having been to the church sponsored "health faire" a couple years ago, I know they need it.
I'd say about 70% of the members were obese and I'd guess about 30% have diabetes.
OH well..... I think they'll go the pill and oxygen tank route instead of the broccoli and tofu path. Such is the world.