I had a stint put in on March 26th, and have been doing research since then. Come to find out that chest pain isn't the only indicator, but back pain can be as well. Can someone who has experienced the back pain describe it to me? I am asking because I suspect I've had problems longer than I originally realized.
"I suspect I've had problems longer than I originally realized."
Very interesting. Curious as to what type of back pain it was such as sharp, dull, throbbing, burning, etc.
Back Pain and Heart Disease
Back pain can be a warning sign of heart trouble. Most people associate problems of the heart with chest pain, so when back pain presents as a symptom they may delay getting help, which can be fatal. Pain can travel and you can feel it in one area when it is actually coming from another. This can also make diagnosing a heart problem from back pain difficult.
Coronary stents (bare-metal or drug-eluting) are only a Band-aid or spot-treatment, and bypass surgery is only a clever way of temporarily circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), as these procedures do not address the disease process and what drives the progression.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (may/can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration and even some regression) condition requiring a continuum of care.
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Nothing complicated, just plain and simple AVOID foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. CHOOSE skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. LIMIT servings to five to seven ounces a day. TRIM visible fat. Limit egg yolks. SUBSTITUTE two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. USE LESS salt and fat. SEASON WITH herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter
Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke
Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel or emerging) for atherosclerosis, typically affecting the carotid, coronary and peripheral arteries, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation) , diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes second and thirdhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), Low HDL (now questionable, according to recent studies) high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).
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