President Clinton made headlines in September 2004 with the discovery of heart artery blockage composed of oxidized cholesterol.
At the young age of fifty-eight, four arteries to his heart were clogged. Some of them were nearly 90% blocked.
One commentator attributed the problem to going off of his cholesterol-lowering drug. Another suggested it was President Bill's love of southern fried cooking and fast food restaurants that caused his plumbing to stop up.
One cardiologist commented that this publicity had middle-aged men scurrying to his office for checkups.
Not a bad idea. The first sign of a problem for 30% of heart attack victims is sudden death. Heart artery blockage is not limited to men. Fifty percent of the heart attacks now occur in women.
As the former president lay in the hospital awaiting the surgeon's knife he commented that he was "a little scared."
I'm Gene Millen, your host on this website. I can empathize with our former president.
Although the near heart attack occured more than 23 years ago, it seems like yesterday that a skilled heart surgeon, sawed open my chest and stitched in bypasses to the heart artery blockage of six of my heart arteries.
Six heart bypasses isn't a record but it's not bad for a 59-year-old non-smoker with normal cholesterol and blood pressure and no weight problem.
Even my favorite detectives, Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes would have an impossible task in solving this crime.
Some would say that my genes were responsible and that I would have been wise to chose healthier parents.Walter Bortz, MD, disagrees.
Stanford University researcher and author says, "Heredity has little to do with how long you live. Many scientific studies, including those, which study longevity records of twins, conclude that inherited genes are responsible for only about 20% of our health. It's not what's in the genes but how we wear them."
The human body is an amazingly complex machine that was designed by our Creator to operate with minimum problems for 100 years or more when given the proper care.
The problem is that most of us maintain our automobile better than we do ourselves.
The conventional wisdom is that cholesterol is the primary cause of clogging the vital arteries that deliver oxygen and nutrients to the heart.
This view is highly promoted by the makers of cholesterol lowering drugs that spend more than 200 million dollars annually for TV and print advertising. In addition they spend several times this amount for drug company representatives visits to doctors and advertising in medical journals.
It would be nice if we could just take a pill and our heart worries would disappear. Maybe someday, but for now the reality is that there are several devious characters who play leading role in this heart attack melodrama.
The chief villains are sugar and high fructose corn syrup which are inflammatory. Oxidized cholesterol is another villian along with omega 6 oils which are turned into trans fats by extreme temperatures.
The hero is good HDL cholesterol and a strong supporting cast includes whole food natural vitamins, heart exercise and omega 3 oils.
President Clinton and I were fortunate...we beat the odds.
You can do it too!
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