I have had a quadruple bypass 6 1/2 years ago. Out of the clear blue i had another heart attack in October, followed by atrial flutter on thenksgivinng. They have now istalled 4 stents now in addition to the graaftsw from 6 yeqrs ago, My diet has been fairly low fat withy mostly slow carbs and salads. I am a little concerned on this latest turn of events as I thought I was doing well on cholesterol. Is there something else to look into in the way of diet?
There seems to be a fair bit of confusion out there regarding what causes heart disease. The reason they blame fat is simply because they find fat in the arteries but how the fat gets there is far more complex than imagined. Fat cannot dissolve in water, so it is sent around the blood in tiny vessels which we call protein lipids. Something is damaging these, or newer thinking is that due to the foods we eat, maybe we are producing higher volumes of other types of lipids. I remember my grandparents used to eat beef dripping on toast and they lived to their 90's. There are no records going back that far for lipid levels to match with, to see what is going on. What we unfortunately need is a time machine, to grab the national average lipid profiles from many decades ago and match them to today, so we can see where the changes are. You may want to watch sugar levels, if you're not already, because the heart disease increase profile seems to match the use of processed sugars perfectly. For example, with the introduction of cola in America, heart disease started to increase dramatically. They then incorporated salt to make you more thirsty, to purchase more and added even more sugar to hide the taste of the salt. This increased heart disease again. They blamed fats, so carb foods were packages but packed with sugars to make them taste better. In theory, eating fats shouldn't create a problem with arteries because the body is geared around handling fat. Without fat we die. So although fat is the substance causing the problem, there is another cause which is releasing the fat. Perhaps its the chemicals used in foods, perhaps the medications fed to domestic animals. Perhaps a mixture of bad diet and those things plus being exposed to high levels of stress for long periods of time. From 2007 to 2010 I was having stent after stent. After a failed triple bypass and ten stents I was virtually giving up. I went to relaxation classes to understand stress and how to deal with it, and I removed over 90% of sugar from my diet. Suddenly the stents stopped being required (so far). I do eat meat, and I don't monitor my fats anymore. I read that dairy fat is different in the body, which is great because I love cheese. It also explains how the French can eat tons of the stuff and not get heart disease. Dairy fats seem to produce a soapy fat in the intestines, which is very difficult for the body to absorb. Even though we call it saturated fat, it breaks down into a very different substance.
I hope some of this helps, it took me a long time to gather it and although the disease is still very much a mystery, I think I have found what works for me.
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