RE: Hospital served me a cheeseburger
Posted Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM
I had my heart attack a year ago and had the same problem, I had just gone vegan 3 months prior (with the help of the 21 day kickstart). There was no vegan menu at The "Heart" Hospital. They improvised for me.
My plaque broke loose while running uphill, in a small town with no hospital. Luckily I was with a group and they got me an ambulance. 3 hours later the stent placement relieved the chest pain and I could breath better.
Vegan is not enough for those of us with heart disease.
Susan Levine gave you good information. The 10% fat rule is a must. Since both you and I turned vegan before our heart attacks we are way ahead of the pack. However we do need to tweak our diet even more if we want to reverse out heart disease. (85% of people with heart attacks do not adjust their diet sufficiently.)
Some of the vegan foods that add too much fat are nuts, some seeds, avocados, coconut, olives, and all oils.
You will loose weight with a no-fat added vegan diet.
I also recently found out that just a few sweets will up the triglycerides, so they have to be kept in check also.
I wish I had a reliable home cholesterol testing machine. It is nice that Walgreens now does a Cholesterol test for $35 so you can see how you are doing in-between the regular check-up and labs.
I exercise my heart every day and it is getting stronger. I'm running 100 miles a month. I've reduced my meds and discontinued some. My ejection fraction is back to normal.
The one book that put everything together was:
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.