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Triple by-pass surgery, turned to "not needed"..

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  1. new vegan

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    I'm keeping this summarily, but hoping folks will get the gist of our experience.

    In February 2018, after an left heart angiogram, my husband was diagnosed with:

    1) Myocardial Myopathy
    2) Three, 100% obstructed coronary arteries (one was the "Widowmaker")
    3) CHF
    4)Hypertension
    5) Severe Atherosclerosis
    6) Left heart failure with peri-cardial effusion (fluid around the heart)
    7) Pulmonary Edema
    8) 12.5% Ejection Fraction of the left ventricle.
    9) Cardiovascular heart muscle deterioration due to MI (Myocardial Infarction)
    10) GERD

    The physician/cardiovascular surgeon in Phoenix AZ, told my husband that he will need a triple bypass surgery. And if that didn't work, he would need a heart transplant over time.

    I worked in the cardiovascular field, so when the cardiologist told him this news in a very lugubrious manner, my husband wasn't going to make it to the end of the month unless he had surgery? We both looked at each other and shrugged.

    Actually it was the first time, the cardiologist even acknowledged i was even in the room. That physician looked over at me, and i guess because i'm a woman, expected me to faint or go into histrionics. I sat there stone faced, and returned to my notes.

    He then re-focused on my husband, who kept his composure, quite well.

    I knew what they wanted to do, how much money would be involved, and the chances of my husband's recovery was going to be more than the "12 to 16 weeks" if he preferred to go straight to the transplant.

    We were given the "usual protocol" for cardiovascular patients: Beta Blockers 2 types of strong diuretics, lisinopril and Lipitor..

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    Fast forward:

    We went to another cardiologist for a second opinion in our geographic location. She seconded the first cardiologists opinion. My husband wasn't going to make it in the next 30 days, maybe 60 if he was "Lucky"..

    I researched night and day. Found the works of Linus Pauling, Caldwell Esselstyn, Colin Campbell, Forks over Knives, What the Health, and so many other pioneers.

    Plant based diet and supplementation, folks.. 6 weeks later, my husband is standing in the office of Biltmore Cardiology in Phoenix, AZ - again. And the cardiologist, NP (Nurse Practitioner), or the clerks can't believe he's telling them that we're hiking for 2 hours every other night, and mountain biking 1-2 hours in between with one or two days off for rest.

    They couldn't believe he was even standing there. Nor could the Cardiologist here in our location could believe the follow up echocardiogram. 38% EF in May.

    Last week? The EF is now 55%.. in 7 months time. She, as well as the infamous cardiologist in Phoenix AZ, both agreed that Open Heart Surgery, nor a Triple Bypass would be necessary - and finally admitting that he no longer needed to look at the option of even a stent due to his plant based diet.

    1) All cardiovascular functions - normal (his ventricles were so dilated they could barely pump blood out to the system 7 months before)
    2) Ejection Fraction - 55%
    3) No more CHF
    4) Heart size - WNL (within normal limits)
    5) No peridcardial effusion
    6) Cardiovascular muscle tissue regeneration with only < a small segment left..
    (When the cardiologist saw heart muscle cell regeneration right there on the echocardiogram as well as in the lab results, she couldn't believe it.. She then stated: "It had to be the beta blockers." My husband and i looked over at her, and she rescinded her statement. If beta blockers could literally regenerate heart muscle tissue in 7 months, Patients (Like hers) wouldn't still be on them 20 years later, with no progress.)
    7) Lab work is normal with minor issues that are being corrected with probiotics, and increased vitamin D3.

    My husband was only 52 years old, when the chest pain, swelling of the hands, legs and feet occurred. His heart size on the chest x-ray was 3x larger than normal.

    The only thing we're still working with is the GERD.. which can be annoying as heck.. but it certainly is pretty minor compared to what was going on with his heart.

    This is just a post to show, that there's a reason to go "Vegan" or Plant Based Diet. It's not a "fad".. It saves so many lives.
     
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  3. Emma JC
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    Thank you for this story - my sister in law recently had a 'heart episode' and although I have passed all the info to my brother and her they are currently not open to listening. I may pass your story on to them if they show any interest at all.

    Congrats!

    Emma JC
     
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  4. Sax
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    That's great! Must've been scary.

    I hope his doctors learn something from this and pass it on to their other patients.
     
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    Amazing story! Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm sure it can be an inspiration for others, including myself, with a history of CAD in my own family.

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    There's one big "take away" that i've learned from this.

    Even if the evidence is sitting right there in front of them - cardiologists will protect their pockets. The one in AZ, didn't bother to followup with us, afterwards. Even though they looked like you could have knocked them over with a feather, obviously, i think we were quickly forgotten..

    The other cardiologist in our location - New Mexico, said this is the first time anyone has ever tried the plant based diet in this region, or even knew about. She knew about it. And from what i'm learning physicians from all over the world "know about it".. But they don't "mention it" to their patients - depending on location.

    And Sax? "Scary" is an understatement. I was absolutely terrified. o_O

    My husband watched a video of what an open heart surgery was like, and immediately stated "NO, i'm not going through that." He was quite adamant about it.. Especially when he thought about the "recovery time", as well as "complications" afterwards..

    I've worked in cardiovascular/angio/EP studies right alongside with cardiology specialists at a famous university in San Bernadino, CA. We trained the interns regarding putting in stents, left heart caths, etc.

    The scariest part was taking everything i've been taught - throwing it all out, and doing something "radical". And of course, after "Forks over Knives" what i practiced on a daily basis for years, was beyond "radical" versus a simple, plant based diet.
     

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