The exciting news about this post is that nothing much happened, and in this case that’s pretty darned good. We’re talking about Bill’s latest checkup. The big event in this un-event was Bill’s labwork, the first since Dr. Crandall let him off the last of the prescription meds eight months earlier. So what was the report card going to show? For those of us like me that want to know the nitty details on these things it went like this:
The first order of business was an EKG. No surprises and all was good.
Next we waited to see Dr. Crandall and I used this time to review my list of questions (I always have questions and blessfully Dr. Crandall is very patient with every one.)
Dr. Crandall was pleased Bill is maintaining a healthy weight and looking fit and strong. And now it was time to review the results from his blood workup. Continue reading Progress Report ~ Winter 2014
Progress Report Bill is all the way back!
I have some fantastic news to share about Bill’s latest progress report! It works! He’s off the meds! He’s no longer required to take any prescription medication. His blood pressure is stable, lipid profile excellent, and he’s maintaining his weight loss. This was our target, a major goal in this journey–reversing his heart disease. It symbolizes a younger, healthier Bill. Continue reading Progress Report Spring 2014
Progress Report and Dr. Crandall’s new book!
I’ll never forget the look on Dr. Crandall’s face as he joined us in the exam room and spotted Bill! His expression broke into an irrepressible, ear to ear grin. He kept saying how great he looked, patting Bill’s shoulders and back and nodding approval all the while. “This is really good, what have you been doing?” he wanted to know. And Bill said “Dr. Crandall, I’ve been doing exactly what you told me to do!” This had turned into a pretty good start to our review of Bill’s latest lab work. His weight was down 20 more pounds (total 42), he’d “graduated” from cardiac rehab and was working out almost daily. Continue reading Progress Report
Statins and Coenzyme Q10
Chances are, if you’re reading this you’re either taking a statin to lower your cholesterol, or you know someone who is. Besides lowering cholesterol levels, statins are purported to have significant anti-inflammatory and plaque-stabilizing effects, so if you’ve had a heart event, such as a stent or an attack, your doctor has likely prescribed a statin, even if your cholesterol levels are under control.
What many don’t realize (and too often your doctor doesn’t tell you) is that statin drugs also reduce your body’s natural function of producing Coenzyme Q10, because the pathway in the body that naturally produces cholesterol is also responsible for the production of Coenzyme Q10.
Continue reading Do you know anyone taking a statin drug?