Blood Report, Lo-Carb, Xercise, Heart Blockage

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Owen Lowe, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. Owen Lowe

    Owen Lowe Guest

    Just posting on my latest blood report. I experienced an almost 100%
    blockage in my right coronary artery on Feb. 3, '03. Was outfitted with
    a stent and since then I've had 3 blood workups, a couple EKG's, and a
    stress echo. There's been no further symptoms; both the EKG and stress
    echo appeared to show absolutely no effects of the blockage.

    My dad died of a heart attack at 47 y.o. and I've been having blood
    tests done every few years since I was about 28 - am now 41.

    Diet: Pre-Feb.3, I was following a hi-carb, low fat diet. Ate pasta,
    oats, bread, lean usually non-red meats, lots of fruits and some veggies
    - I ate plenty of sugar and didn't worry too much about it as long as it
    was low-fat. Had gradually increased my weight 30+ pounds over 6 years
    or so.

    Two years prior to the heart blockage my blood report looked like this:
    Total Chol: 191
    HDL: 37
    LDL: 124
    TriG: 149
    HDL Ratio: 5.16
    Weight: 205

    Diet: Two weeks post-Feb.3, a friend recommended I read Dr. Diane
    Schwartzbein's book. I then and there decided to give low-carbing a try
    and have been doing so ever since. (I've not read any of Atkins books,
    but have followed a diet where I restrict practically all carbs except
    green veggies, 2cps of milk/dy, and will have about 3-4 apples a week.
    This summer I splurged on watermelon and peaches and while I stopped
    losing weight, I didn't gain any either. I eat meat at practically every
    meal - breakfast is a 44 g. protein shake. Lean steak, chicken, fish and
    burger patties for lunch and dinner. I've not had bread or potatoes in
    months and months - though I do have about 1/2 cup of pasta or rice once
    a week or so.

    Vitamins per day after Feb.: 8 grams of vitamin C, 2000 mg fish oil,
    100mg B-6, 1000 mcg B-12, 400mg Folic Acid, 6 grams L-Lysine 6 grams.

    Exercise: Since Feb. I make every attempt to workout 3-5 times per week
    at about 30-60 minutes per session. I've swum, treadmilled and
    weightlifted. I push my heart rate up to 85-90% of calculated max and
    try to maintain it for as long as I can.

    Drugs: Post Feb, I was put on Plavix, Lovastatin, Lisinopril, Metropolol
    and Asprin. My cardiologist has taken me off everything except the
    daily aspirin. He didn't see the need for the statin since my blood work
    was so good and the blood pressure drugs were driving my BP too low (I
    didn't and don't have hi-BP).

    February 21 blood test performed by family doc just a week or so after
    starting low carb:
    Total Chol: 167
    HDL: 44
    LDL: 109
    TriG: 68
    HDL Ratio: 3.8
    Lipoprotein (a): 46 mg/dL
    Homocysteine: 11.9 umol/L
    Weight: 194

    In April, a month and a half since I started statin, low carbing and
    exercising, blood test taken by the cardiologist looked like:
    Total Chol: 126
    HDL: 47
    LDL: 68
    TriG: 53
    HDL Ratio: 2.68
    Lipoprotein (b):56 mg/dL
    Homocysteine: 7 umol/L
    hsC-React. Protein: 1.1 mg/L
    Weight: 183 (I had lost 20lbs in 6 weeks)

    My latest blood workup, statin-free, low-carb and exercising:
    Total Chol: 146
    HDL: 63
    LDL: 74
    TriG: 45
    HDL Ratio: 2.3
    Lipoprotein (a): 19 mg/dL
    Lipoprotein (b): 69 mg/dL
    Homocysteine: 9.0 umol/L
    hsC-React. Protein: .6 mg/L
    Weight: 175

    I had stopped the Lysine supplement mid-summer and will start that up
    again. That may help bring the Lipoprotein back down to the April
    reading of 7 if Linus Pauling's theory was correct.

    Well, there it is - seems as though whatever I'm doing is having a
    positive effect on the numbers.

    If anyone's interested in seeing 15 years worth of tests...
    <http://users.easystreet.com/onlnlowe/misc/cholestsprdsheet.JPG>
     
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  2. Owen,

    Great results! Your numbers are very close to mine. 3 things you
    might want to consider that I'm doing: 1) moderate drinking 2) eating
    oily fish daily or taking fish oil supplements 3) drinking 5+ cups of
    green tea daily. 1)and 2) are proven CHD risk reducers, 3) has weaker
    evidence so far. I'd also suggest tracking your Hba1c numbers.

    Owen Lowe <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Just posting on my latest blood report. I experienced an almost 100%
    > blockage in my right coronary artery on Feb. 3, '03. Was outfitted with
    > a stent and since then I've had 3 blood workups, a couple EKG's, and a
    > stress echo. There's been no further symptoms; both the EKG and stress
    > echo appeared to show absolutely no effects of the blockage.
    >
    > My dad died of a heart attack at 47 y.o. and I've been having blood
    > tests done every few years since I was about 28 - am now 41.
    >
    > Diet: Pre-Feb.3, I was following a hi-carb, low fat diet. Ate pasta,
    > oats, bread, lean usually non-red meats, lots of fruits and some veggies
    > - I ate plenty of sugar and didn't worry too much about it as long as it
    > was low-fat. Had gradually increased my weight 30+ pounds over 6 years
    > or so.
    >
    > Two years prior to the heart blockage my blood report looked like this:
    > Total Chol: 191
    > HDL: 37
    > LDL: 124
    > TriG: 149
    > HDL Ratio: 5.16
    > Weight: 205
    >
    > Diet: Two weeks post-Feb.3, a friend recommended I read Dr. Diane
    > Schwartzbein's book. I then and there decided to give low-carbing a try
    > and have been doing so ever since. (I've not read any of Atkins books,
    > but have followed a diet where I restrict practically all carbs except
    > green veggies, 2cps of milk/dy, and will have about 3-4 apples a week.
    > This summer I splurged on watermelon and peaches and while I stopped
    > losing weight, I didn't gain any either. I eat meat at practically every
    > meal - breakfast is a 44 g. protein shake. Lean steak, chicken, fish and
    > burger patties for lunch and dinner. I've not had bread or potatoes in
    > months and months - though I do have about 1/2 cup of pasta or rice once
    > a week or so.
    >
    > Vitamins per day after Feb.: 8 grams of vitamin C, 2000 mg fish oil,
    > 100mg B-6, 1000 mcg B-12, 400mg Folic Acid, 6 grams L-Lysine 6 grams.
    >
    > Exercise: Since Feb. I make every attempt to workout 3-5 times per week
    > at about 30-60 minutes per session. I've swum, treadmilled and
    > weightlifted. I push my heart rate up to 85-90% of calculated max and
    > try to maintain it for as long as I can.
    >
    > Drugs: Post Feb, I was put on Plavix, Lovastatin, Lisinopril, Metropolol
    > and Asprin. My cardiologist has taken me off everything except the
    > daily aspirin. He didn't see the need for the statin since my blood work
    > was so good and the blood pressure drugs were driving my BP too low (I
    > didn't and don't have hi-BP).
    >
    > February 21 blood test performed by family doc just a week or so after
    > starting low carb:
    > Total Chol: 167
    > HDL: 44
    > LDL: 109
    > TriG: 68
    > HDL Ratio: 3.8
    > Lipoprotein (a): 46 mg/dL
    > Homocysteine: 11.9 umol/L
    > Weight: 194
    >
    > In April, a month and a half since I started statin, low carbing and
    > exercising, blood test taken by the cardiologist looked like:
    > Total Chol: 126
    > HDL: 47
    > LDL: 68
    > TriG: 53
    > HDL Ratio: 2.68
    > Lipoprotein (b):56 mg/dL
    > Homocysteine: 7 umol/L
    > hsC-React. Protein: 1.1 mg/L
    > Weight: 183 (I had lost 20lbs in 6 weeks)
    >
    > My latest blood workup, statin-free, low-carb and exercising:
    > Total Chol: 146
    > HDL: 63
    > LDL: 74
    > TriG: 45
    > HDL Ratio: 2.3
    > Lipoprotein (a): 19 mg/dL
    > Lipoprotein (b): 69 mg/dL
    > Homocysteine: 9.0 umol/L
    > hsC-React. Protein: .6 mg/L
    > Weight: 175
    >
    > I had stopped the Lysine supplement mid-summer and will start that up
    > again. That may help bring the Lipoprotein back down to the April
    > reading of 7 if Linus Pauling's theory was correct.
    >
    > Well, there it is - seems as though whatever I'm doing is having a
    > positive effect on the numbers.
    >
    > If anyone's interested in seeing 15 years worth of tests...
    > <http://users.easystreet.com/onlnlowe/misc/cholestsprdsheet.JPG>
     
  3. Owen Lowe

    Owen Lowe Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Brad Sheppard) wrote:

    > Great results! Your numbers are very close to mine. 3 things you
    > might want to consider that I'm doing: 1) moderate drinking 2) eating
    > oily fish daily or taking fish oil supplements 3) drinking 5+ cups of
    > green tea daily. 1)and 2) are proven CHD risk reducers, 3) has weaker
    > evidence so far. I'd also suggest tracking your Hba1c numbers.


    Thanks Brad. I already do the fish oil. I take 2000 mg at night as I
    can't stand the fishy burp and am hopefully asleep when it occurs - it
    always seems to occur.

    I drink about once every 2-3 months... pretty moderate, no? I'm the
    only person of adult age in the house who drinks alcohol at all. The
    wines that I like, deep reds like a good bow-ju-lay (*whatever I spelled
    out just didn't look right, so went fone-et-ick-ly) get kinda pricey for
    just me for just a few days worth of product.

    I do drink the tea, but not 5 cups a day. Maybe 5 cups a week... oh well.

    The Hba1c is blood sugar, right? Would that be the "glucose" reading on
    the blood test?
     
  4. Owen,

    Re: fish oil capsules - yeah, burping is a problem. I eat 3.75 oz of
    canned herring instead daily. Re: alcohol - see Dr. Willett's report
    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/alcohol.html Alcohol
    raises hdl and lowers inflammation. Personally I gulp 2 oz vodka + one
    can of V8 juice as my "medicine" daily. Re: Hba1c - it measures your
    average blood glucose level over the last 6 to 8 weeks. It predicts
    CHD better than chol, and also predicts overall mortality. See
    http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abridged/322/7277/15 You can
    purchase "A1cNow" at Walgreen's for $25 and do the test yourself or
    get the test at your doctors. If your Hba1c is high there are steps
    you can take to lower it. If your Hba1c is low you can be reassured.




    Owen Lowe <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (Brad Sheppard) wrote:
    >
    > > Great results! Your numbers are very close to mine. 3 things you
    > > might want to consider that I'm doing: 1) moderate drinking 2) eating
    > > oily fish daily or taking fish oil supplements 3) drinking 5+ cups of
    > > green tea daily. 1)and 2) are proven CHD risk reducers, 3) has weaker
    > > evidence so far. I'd also suggest tracking your Hba1c numbers.

    >
    > Thanks Brad. I already do the fish oil. I take 2000 mg at night as I
    > can't stand the fishy burp and am hopefully asleep when it occurs - it
    > always seems to occur.
    >
    > I drink about once every 2-3 months... pretty moderate, no? I'm the
    > only person of adult age in the house who drinks alcohol at all. The
    > wines that I like, deep reds like a good bow-ju-lay (*whatever I spelled
    > out just didn't look right, so went fone-et-ick-ly) get kinda pricey for
    > just me for just a few days worth of product.
    >
    > I do drink the tea, but not 5 cups a day. Maybe 5 cups a week... oh well.
    >
    > The Hba1c is blood sugar, right? Would that be the "glucose" reading on
    > the blood test?
     
  5. On 3 Nov 2003 14:19:26 -0800, Brad Sheppard <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Re: Hba1c - it measures your
    > average blood glucose level over the last 6 to 8 weeks. It predicts
    > CHD better than chol, and also predicts overall mortality. See
    > http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abridged/322/7277/15 You can
    > purchase "A1cNow" at Walgreen's for $25 and do the test yourself or
    > get the test at your doctors. If your Hba1c is high there are steps
    > you can take to lower it. If your Hba1c is low you can be reassured.
    >
    >


    This is great! I did not know Walgreen's offers the HgbA1c without a
    prescription. Thanks for the info Brad. Quest labs also offers a limited
    amount of lab without prescription FYI.

    --
    ~~~
    Patrick Blanchard, M.D., A.B.F.P.
    Board Certified in Family Practice
     
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