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Srmartinson Dx in 1996, ICD in 4/2004, Battery recalled, 2nd ICD lead failure 3/31/07, rec. 26 inappro. shocks Find out more about Srmartinson
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  • Nutrition and HCM

    I know I cannot change the thickness of my heart but I am wondering about if nutritional changes can assist with my chest pains?

    Although I am not a vegan as I eat the egg whites from my chickens, I use olive oil, and some cheese etc. I wonder if the research findings fr Dr. Cadwell Esselstyn would apply to the HCM pt?

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop...NfyUPzoU&gl=US

    I hope this link works! It is Dr Esselstyn's recent presentation at a TED conference this past Nov. 2011 just posted on you tube.

    Stephanie
    Dx 1995 with non-obstructed HCM, verapamil 120mg
    2004, ICD, battery recall and migration x2 (3 surgeries)
    2007, 26 inappropriate shocks fr. Lead failure, two lead extraction surgeries...(total 8 surgeries in 4 years NO FUN)
    Since 2008, Living without ICD.......
    2011 First chest pains, frequent Began thinking about new ICD,,,,
    10-2014 I'm ready!

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    Re: Nutrition and HCM

    Second attempt for link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqKNf...e_gdata_player
    Dx 1995 with non-obstructed HCM, verapamil 120mg
    2004, ICD, battery recall and migration x2 (3 surgeries)
    2007, 26 inappropriate shocks fr. Lead failure, two lead extraction surgeries...(total 8 surgeries in 4 years NO FUN)
    Since 2008, Living without ICD.......
    2011 First chest pains, frequent Began thinking about new ICD,,,,
    10-2014 I'm ready!

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      Re: Nutrition and HCM

      Hi Stephanie,

      I believe there's a lot of merit to a plant-based diet and have seen many benefits from it myself when I adhere to it strictly. Esselstyn seems to really care about his patients and about treating the actual cause of coronary artery disease and that carries a lot of weight with me. Diet can't cure HCM of course but anything we can do to avoid any additional burdens on our hearts can only benefit us. Just because we have HCM doesn't mean we can't also get coronary artery disease.

      Jim
      "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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        Re: Nutrition and HCM

        I agree with Jim. There have been too many studies showing the benefit. In my family I have a vegan, a vegetarian and a carnivore - Cooking is a pain.
        My vegan went Gluten-free for 2 months and I went insane trying to adhere to that in a normal grocery store! Thankfully they're both away in college now.
        Marc
        Diagnosed @ 48
        Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
        Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
        AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
        After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
        Quietly going insane . . .

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