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Why do we control diet after heart attack and angioplasty?

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H, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 7, 2013

• Less cholesterol means only less bad cholesterol or both (good and bad)? Why because we are told to control cholesterol as well as saturated and transfat in our diet, egg is a perfect example which has only cholesterol and no saturated fat but still we have to control.
H, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, September 12, 2012

• Peppy in Indiana -- Dr. Ornish has published some studies showing a regression of plaque in his patients. The main thrust is to reduce progression through lifestyle modifications and modern medical therapy. Not sure there is any clinical data to support that plaque will progress because of nuts and fish. Sounds like you've certainly made good changes. We would add that exercise is a very important component of reducing risk factors and can have a surprising effect on trigylicerides, cholesterol, etc.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, June 13, 2012

• Is there any research on diet reducing existing plaque? If so, which ones? I was on the Ornish and then Esselstyn diets after my angioplasty and they lowered my total cholesterol but my tri's went up! Followed these diets religiously and used WW's program to control the calorie intake. Despite losing over 30 pounds and exercising an hour a day my tri's stayed up and that elevated my LDL and had low HDL. Sooooo, I read Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and went on his low carb/high greens diet and added some raw nuts per his suggestion and my tri's, LDL came crashing down and HDL went up. Ornish and Esselstyn say NO nuts. They said my numbers might look good but the plaque will still progress as the nuts and some fish will continue the process. What to do? I like the lab numbers much better.
Peppy, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, June 6, 2012

• TC Ontario -- Quite the contrary. Dean Ornish's diet and plan is excellent. We were only quickly listing various types of diets to emphasize our point that different diets works for different people -- and that a "good" diet is one that the patient is able to stay with for life and, of course, one that lower all the patient's modifiable risk factors. Ornish's program, in particular, has seen much success -- and it not only utilizes diet, but exercise, stress reduction, meditation, etc. The program is even covered under some insurance plans in the U.S. Thanks for highlighting it.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, May 9, 2012

• Dear Angioplasty.Org Staff, in your last posting you do not even mention Dr. Ornish or other low fat diets. Are there new studies/theories to disapprove them?
TC Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, May 9, 2012

• H in Saudi Arabia -- everyone agrees that excessive consumption of saturated and certainly trans fats isn't good; but there are divergent opinions on the best "heart health" diet. Some people seem to do very well on a low-or-no-carbohydrate diet, where meat plays a more prominent role; others feel a vegetarian or even vegan diet is best; some go with low calorie. We think that the type of diet probably varies from individual to individual, depending on their genetic predisposition. What works for some may not work for others, so it may take a bit of trial and error to find the best solution. But a good diet is one that you can hold to life-long, and one that moves your risk factors in the right direction. Excessive sweets, meats and other foods that are overly processed with chemicals, etc. etc should be avoided in any diet. Does this make sense??
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, May 8, 2012

• Diet control means what; -No or less saturated fat? -No or less transfat ? -No or less meat? -No or less cheese?
H, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 8, 2012

• Any update on this?
HA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 20, 2012

• Thanks Editor for response. Let’s talk about only diet, we all get 70%-80% cholesterol from our liver regardless of diet or food we eat and 20% to 30% from our food we eat. If all is maintained LDL, HDL,Trig, BP & glucose together with regular home cooked food plus once or twice a week fast food or food from outside than still needs to controls. For everyone's benefit : reason i am asking this we read a lot about diet control/health diet and most of the diet program/healthy diet for heart patients talk about green vegetables, fruits, fish, no meat/chicken or without saturated fat, no trans fats, no cheese etc This is extremely difficult that after MI/PTCA you follow all your life such diet control.
H, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, February 28, 2012

• H in Saudi Arabia -- Angioplasty and stenting are, in the words of the inventor Andreas Gruentzig, a "mechanical solution to a biological problem." Angioplasty pushes the plaque aside and reopens the vessel. A drug-eluting stent elutes a drug to keep excess tissue from growing inside the stent (and reblocking it). But none of these fixes affects the progression of coronary artery disease (CAD). Not yet anyway. There are some risk factors, such as genetics, family history, that cannot be changed. Not yet anyway (again). What patients can do, however, is understand that CAD progression can be slowed or stopped by reducing modifiable risk factors which include diet, medical therapy, exercise, smoking cessation and stress reduction. A healthy diet has more benefits than just reducing cholesterol -- it has impacts on diabetes, lipid levels, blood pressure, etc.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, February 27, 2012

• Why do we control diet after MI and Angioplasty? I believe this is to maintain our Cholesterol to ideal/acceptable level. Is there any other reason, in case eating same or occasionally same food like before MI/AP & Cholesterol is maintained with the help of Statins & exercise?
H, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, February 26, 2012



























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