Bike Ride Commemorates 10 Year Heart Attack Anniversary and Occluded Artery

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Exactly 10 years to the day since his heart attack, stent implant and eventual total blockage in his main LAD artery , 61 year old Mike Stone celebrated the occasion by going on a 75 mile bike trip.

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, also knicknamed the 'widow maker' artery. Angioplasty and PCI (stent implantation) were performed. The statin medications he was prescribed totally disrupted his professional and personal life. At the beginning of 2007, an angiogram showed that the artery at the proximity of the stent had suffered 100% restenosis, also known as chonic total occlusion.

The nightmare of cardiologists performing PCI (stent implantation) is full restenosis, which is the re-blockage of the previously opened artery. Restenosis can and does result in sudden death. Restenosis occurring in stent proximity is not unusual. The American College of Cardiology convention held in New Orleans in March 2007 was conveyed to discuss this very common problem.

In the case of Mr. Stone, a bypass operation to circumvent the 100% blocked artery was not necessary. Mr. Stone, with his blocked stent proximity artery and without statins, still leads a very full and active life. Life style changes made by 61 year old Mr. Stone made a bike ride of this type in the middle of summer possible, despite the occluded artery

These life style changes have resulted not only in stabilizing his previous high blood pressure, but also the development and maintenance of newly developed arterioles that essentially function as a natural internal bypass operation to the blocked main artery. Mr. Stone documented and substantiated these changes in his book ‘Chronic Total Occlusion: After the Heart Attack, the Statins and Restenosis'' which was released in Spring, 2010.

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