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Old 04-25-2016, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Manalapan,NJ
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My friend who is 46 was healthy according to the reports. His cholesterol levels were normal and he went to frequent check ups. Couple of days ago he had a massive stroke and doctors found three of the heart blood vessels are 75% blocked. I am wondering what he could have done to prevent the stroke and why the cholesterol levels were normal?
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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There are other risk factors besides cholesterol for cardiovascular disease. Some of these include hypertension, being overweight, smoking, diabetes, elevated triglycerides, a diet high in animal products, and a sedentary lifestyle.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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I've been reading for years that cholesterol is not the buga boo heart issue. There are books written on this "myth". My MD started checking homocysteine levels a few years ago and my levels were elevated and I've been lowering that homo issue for several years.

I started this thread a while ago.

Heart Health Journal
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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This post struck a chord with me. 5 people from my circle of friends and family had heart issues this past year. Some had risk factors that Just A Guy mentions, but my BIL was not overweight, didn't smoke, ate healthy, exercised daily and had low cholesterol and yet he had a triple bypass because he had blockage in his major arteries.

I think all we can do is educate ourselves, minimize or eliminate the risk factors and hope for the best!

Some good information is in here:

What Is Atherosclerosis? - NHLBI, NIH
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