Dr. McDougall and Dr. Esselstyn promise that heart disease can be reversed, and I am happy to say that I can confirm what they say.
As I posted earlier, I had a follow-up radioactive heart scan done today, and I had an appt. with the cardiologist immediately afterwards to discuss the results.
My last such test was in Jan of 2008. That showed a marked and large defect in one wall of a circumflex artery and another moderate defect. I experienced chest pain early on in the treadmill portion of that test, and had difficulty getting to the 85% of predicted max for my age of 62. I immediately went on 100% Esselstyn protocol and hired Jeff Novick as a personal coach.
Almost to the day I started the program, I have had no chest pain, even with exercise. I am off my cholesterol meds (e.g. ldl drop from 212 to 60), off my bp meds (today I was 110/75), and off my diabetes meds (my last A1C was somewhere around 6.0 I believe). I feel WAY BETTER in every way I can think of. But I was nervous about what today's test would show.
Today I had no pain on the treadmill, and took my heart rate to 160, which is over my predicted max - and I knew I had more. The large defect that showed last time is completely gone, and the other defect would now be classified as minor. The doctor would not go so far as to say that the results were normal, but said that they were only mildly abnormal. I could see that he was working hard to say that it was not normal - he does not want me to be feeling too confident (don't worry, I won't be celebrating with a milk shake). The reversal is large and obvious, and I am so pleased with that.
My thanks to Dr. Esselstyn, Jeff Novick, especially my wife, and all the friends here who have helped me change my lifestyle, which was definitely one of the hardest, although one of the most rewarding, things I have ever done. And special thanks to Dr. McDougall for pioneering this healing lifestyle and making this board available.
The only other thing I can think to say is YES! YES! YES!
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