The End of Heart Disease? A MI Victim's Unorthodox Recovery Regimen from Restenosis Puts an Additional Nail in the Lipid Hypothesis Coffin

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The nightmare of cardiologists performing PCI (stent implantation) is the eventual blockage of the stent, a process known as restenosis. Restenosis can and does result in sudden death.

In 2001, Mike Stone suffered an MI (heart attack) as a result of a clot that could not navigate a 90% blockage in the critical LAD artery. Angioplasty and PCI (stent implantation) were performed. The statin medications he was prescribed totally disrupted his professional and personal life. Two years later, in 2003, he discontinued not only the statin medication but also much of the standard cardiology consensus for heart attack victims. Lifestyle changes included abandoning the low-fat/low-cholesterol diet and adapting a vigorous exercise routine.

Mr. Stone documented his nightmarish statin experience and eventual recovery from it in his book 'Surviving a Successful Heart Attack', first published in 2004.

In December 2006, during routine testing, his professor of cardiology was stunned to discover that the stent had experienced total restenosis - 100% blockage -- in what is referred to as the widow-maker artery. Restenosis occurring in stents in itself is not unusual. The American College of Cardiology convention held in New Orleans in March 2007 was conveyed to discuss this very common problem.

The amazing part of this story is that a bypass operation to circumvent the 100% blocked stent is not in the foreseeable future, if at all. In addition, a comparison of the angiograms done in 2001 and 2007 show no further deterioration in the areas noted as partially blocked in 2001. Mr. Stone, with his blocked artery and without statins, leads a very full and active life.

In his latest book 'The Next 20,000: After the Heart Attack, the Statins and Restenosis' Mike Stone describes the changes he has made in his daily routine and substantiates why. These changes have resulted in the development and maintenance of the newly developed arterioles that essentially function as a natural internal bypass operation.

Twenty to thirty years down the road mainstream cardiology may finally acknowledge that cholesterol and saturated fat are not enemies of the cardiovascular system. They may even admit that prescribing statins for the purpose of lowering cholesterol all these years was unnecessary and in many cases harmful. The question is: Can you wait twenty to thirty years?

'The Next 20,000: After the Heart Attack, the Statins and Restenosis' is also available in new Amazon Kindle format. See

December 2008

Living with Restenosis 2-in-1 book including 'Surviving a Successful Heart Attack' -and- 'The Next 20,000: After the Heart Attack, the Statins and Restenosis' is now available directly from the publisher, at Amazon and the other national outlets. Also available in Amazon kindle format.


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