Mike survived his heart attack with flying colors, but surviving the statins was a different matter altogether. This is his story - why he discontinued taking the statins and what convinced him that it was NOT the cholesterol that caused his heart attack. Anyone who has had a heart attack or fears one in the future will want to read Mike's harrowing experience in the post heart attack period.
'Surviving' is the discovery that my first 50 years of dietary guidelines were based on mass-media advertising and bad science (lipid hypothesis). It ends after recuperating from both the heart attack and the statin-induced side effects; however, what next? 'CTO'is that new direction - my changing lifestyle has promoted the generation of alternative blood vessels circumventing my blocked artery.
The nightmare of cardiologists performing PCI is the eventual blockage of the stent, which can result in sudden death. Testing in 2007 showed that the stent in my critical LAD artery (widow maker artery) is 100% blocked - full restenosis. My changing lifestyle over the last several years has promoted the generation and development of alternative blood vessels circumventing my blocked artery.