I'm Gene Millen, the owner of this website with my wife Bernie.
My heart was pounding in my chest and and my breath was coming in short, labored gasps.
I was afraid a heart attack was coming any minute...and I wasn't far wrong.
After about two minutes the technician stopped the instrument of torture and I was escorted to a chair for a welcome rest.
As my pulse slowly returned to normal my brain played a flashback of my errant lifestyle:
My exercise motto was "If I get the desire to exercise I'll lie down until it goes away." and my favorite placque on our our kitchen wall read, "Life is uncertain, eat dessert first."
I was jarred back to reality by a pleasant nurse who interrupted my daydreaming to announce authoritatively, "The doctor will see you now."
As I entered the cardiologist's office he looked up from studying the results of my heart EKG treadmill test and grimly stated, "You're a walking time bomb and could have a heart attack at any time. You need to go to the hospital now!"
Two days later Dr. Hugh Tobin, a highly skilled heart surgeon sawed open my chest and stitched in bypasses to six of my favorite heart arteries
Fortunately (for me) this story has a happy ending. With the help of an excellent Cardiac Rehab program I made a steady recovery,moved exercise and a healthy heart diet to the top of my to-do list, and am now enjoying heart health for life!
You may be thinking, "So, what has that to do with me?" The short answer is that I've spent the last 23 years studying the clinical research and have learned the the causes, prevention and cure of heart disease. Click here to learn about my journey to Heart Health for Life.
A few years ago my wife Bernie and I were traveling through downtown Los Angeles after dark and pulled off the freeway for a pit stop.
As we left the restaurant I took a wrong turn and just a few blocks later we found ourselves heading down a skid row street with strip clubs and neon bar signs blazing on both sides.
The sidewalks were jammed with prostitutes and other drunken, jaywalkers yelling and making gestures that were making us very nervous.
The traffic was jammed and nearly at a standstill, and as we slowly inched along I held the steering wheel in a grip of steel, praying to discover a way to freedom.
There was no way I was going to stop and ask for directions, so we just keep going and after a few terror laden blocks we sighed with relief as we saw a sign that pointed toward the freeway.
It's easy to take an unplanned detour down the wrong road...and this could cause us to end up in an unexpected and dangerous neighborhood.
As I often say, "A heart attack isn't as much fun as you might think."
You will receive common sense information that is supported by the latest clinical research studies that can help you down the road to heart health for life.
It's my aim to help you understand what the really important causes of heart disease are and how you can improve your odds of having vital heart health for life.
You may find the true causes of heart disease surprising and hard to accept as it differs from what we have been hearing from the mainstream medical community for the last 40 years or more. Click here to read more.
Knowing heart attack signs and symptoms when you see them, or should I say feel them, could keep you from having a heart attack.
The good news is that you learn to recognize heart attack signs and symptoms you can avoid this traumatic and life changing event and have heart health for life! Click here to read more
When we opened the Vital Life Center in 1993 to provide heart health for life wellness programs for the over 50 crowd, the benefits of exercise for the heart were just beginning to be understood and publicized.
During my high school years I was active in sports, but by the time of my heart surgery my exercise motto was,"If I get the desire to exercise I'll lie down until it goes away." Click here to read more.
For 30 years we have been bombarded with cholesterol and heart disease solutions that don't work.
"Lower your cholesterol," say the drug companies ads and everything will be just fine. They would like us to believe this will give us heart health for life. It's not quite so simple.
Cholesterol is essential for a healthy body and our liver manufactures far more of it than we eat.
It's amazing and somewhat frustrating to me that the other important heart attack and stroke risks are largely ignored by the medical community.
Robert Superko, MD, director of research at Berkeley Heart Lab explains a little known secret. Click here to read more.
If your blood pressure reading is 140 or above for the top number (systolic pressure) or 90 or above for the lower number (diastolic pressure), you are considered to have hypertension... and you can expect your physician to write out a prescription for medication to bring your numbers down.
Dr. David Williams, medical researcher, biochemist and chiropractor, who is one of the world's leading authorities on natural healing, says that one size does not fit all when it comes to normal blood pressure. Click here to read more.
It was November 1990 and I was laying in a hospital
bed at Doctor's Hospital in Modesto, California.
I had received a near failing grade from the cardiologist for my less than stellar performance on the treadmill.
My heart went into ventricular tachycardia, which was a precursor to a heart attack. The heart doctor's instruction to my wife was right to the point. "He needs to go to the hospital immediately... he is a walking time bomb."
How could this happen? I didn't appear to be a prime candidate for bypass surgery. My cholesterol and blood pressure were just a little high but the other heart risk factors appeared to be "normal." Click here to read more.
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