Lower cholesterol may not
save you from a heart attack.
Maybe President Clinton should have had lower
cholesterol. He made headlines in September 2004 because of chest
pains that signaled a possible
a heart attack. At the young age of fifty-eight, four arteries to his
heart were clogged. Some of them were nearly 90% blocked.
of the medical community was that high cholesterol was the villain and
that it was President Bill’s love of southern fried cooking and fast food restaurants that caused his plumbing to stop up.
As the former president lay in the hospital awaiting the surgeon’s knife he commented that he was “a little scared.”
I can empathize with him.
A heart attack isn't much fun.
An "almost" heart attack.
My name is Gene Millen. Fourteen years ago a highly skilled heart surgeon, sawed open my chest and stitched in bypasses to six of my favorite heart arteries.
A six way heart bypass isn’t a record but it’s not bad for a 59-year-old non-smoker
with lower cholesterol,
normal blood pressure and no weight problem.
So what caused my "heart attack in the making"?
Even my favorite detectives, Hurcule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes would have an impossible task in solving this “crime”. I'll give you one clue though...it wasn't high cholesterol.
Some would say that my genes were responsible and that I would have been wise to chose healthier parents. Stanford University researcher and author, Walter Bortz, MD, disagrees.
“Heredity has little to do with how long you live,” says Bortz. 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 that causes high cholesterol and a heart attack but how we wear them."