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Old 11-10-2015, 22:14   #11
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Thanks all for the comments and information. For now I will not take statins as I continue to do more research including seeking additional testing. I have good heart health now, I want to keep it that way as long as possible....the fact that my father and his father both died from heart related disease. Of course they both smoked and I do not!
Don't take the statins, they are pushed because they are cheap. I believe statins actually gave me the heart attack. I don't know how it works, but taking one didn't prevent the heart disease or the attack.

My father, his 2 brothers, his father all died from heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, not smoking didn't save my heart either. I've thought and thought about it and determine it's all genetic, I did what all I possibly could do to avoid heart disease and didn't escape it. For now all I'm doing is taking the meds that controls how my heart beats and exercise and hope I get strong enough to circulate the blood through everywhere that needs it. My EF of 40 isn't not bad, but I rather be 60 and be able to breath normal.

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No one diet works for every one but eating tuna and salmon 5x a week brought mine up from 33 to 67 with no exercise. Sorry it sis not work for you. Certainly can't hurt to eat some fish and take a walk IMO

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No one diet works for every one but eating tuna and salmon 5x a week brought mine up from 33 to 67 with no exercise. Sorry it sis not work for you. Certainly can't hurt to eat some fish and take a walk IMO
I do eat the fish and I exercise 5 days a week. I advocate exercise I certainly feel better but it didn't stave off a heart attack. Just saying, I think it's more genetic than lifestyle changes.

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I do eat the fish and I exercise 5 days a week. I advocate exercise I certainly feel better but it didn't stave off a heart attack. Just saying, I think it's more genetic than lifestyle changes.
I read some place (actually several places as I recall) some time ago that CVD is either there or it isn't in childhood. By about 11 years old you either have it or you don't. If this is true, it's really amazing that it isn't mentioned more often. All of the "risk factors" then aren't about risk for GETTING a disease but rather for aggravating a condition that you already have.

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I read some place (actually several places as I recall) some time ago that CVD is either there or it isn't in childhood. By about 11 years old you either have it or you don't. If this is true, it's really amazing that it isn't mentioned more often. All of the "risk factors" then aren't about risk for GETTING a disease but rather for aggravating a condition that you already have.
Haven't seen this myself but it would not surprise me. And neither would the lack its inclusion in the "risk" assessment rules. After all, consider the loss of customer base for the medications - such as statins. No way would our poor pharma industry fund research that might force them to accept that!

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I read some place (actually several places as I recall) some time ago that CVD is either there or it isn't in childhood. By about 11 years old you either have it or you don't. If this is true, it's really amazing that it isn't mentioned more often. All of the "risk factors" then aren't about risk for GETTING a disease but rather for aggravating a condition that you already have.
My Inner Cynic whispers (loudly) to me that the medical industry's current emphasis on prevention ... is not really meant to prevent anything at all.
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My Inner Cynic whispers (loudly) to me that the medical industry's current emphasis on prevention ... is not really meant to prevent anything at all.
it does prevent at least one thing. Loss of profits

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I have CAD, and had a serious bout with angina resulting from a blocked artery about 12 years ago. Was was not over weight and was an avid hiker at the time. In fact one of my hiking buddies later became my cardiologist.

I'm on statins and recently lowered my dose from 80 to 40 mg a day. At one time 80 mg did not lower my total C below 200. I would love to get off them but have read even from those not liking statins that they can be protective for those that have had a cardiac event or are at high risk. That's me, I'm still taking them.

I'm taking a stress test next month, we'll see how that pans out.

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Yes, the demographic is middle-age white men who have already had a cardiac event.




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From what I've read, the use of coronary artery calcium (CAC) screening can reclassify patients at risk from cardiovascular disease and better identify those who would most benefit from statin therapy compared with current guidelines.

The test in some areas can be taken at a lab for around $100. Clear arteries = no need for statins. Lots of calcification? Better discuss this with your doc.

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