Hi all. In August 2009 I went into the ER in the middle of the night after waking with a massive headache and what I thought was indigestion. I remember the headache because I hardly ever get headaches and actually got out of bed to take an aspirin (something else I normally never do). Anyway my troponin levels were elevated and I was told I just had a heart attack.
Hard to believe, I was 34, 5'9, 155 lbs, ate what I thought was a healthy diet (SAD), and lifted weights frequently. I looked and thought I was in peak condition. I had a heart cath and was told I had no damage and no blockage (I will upload the video if there's any interest). My total cholesterol was 115 (HDL 16, LDL 74, TG 126). I was eventually put on 20mg pravistatin.
I have since been on a mission to learn as much as I can and make whatever changes necessary. This first led me to eating a very strict low fat diet and doing an insane amount of cardio exercise. This brought my cholesterol to 138 (HDL 31, LDL 69, TG 111) on 3/21/2011. I dropped to about 145-150 lbs.
Not convinced that this was any better than before I kept searching and eventually found Marks Daily Apple. Sometime in May I started to make changes to my diet (I still lift weights and do cardio occasionally) lowering carbs and eating more eggs, red meat, and vegetables. I did another lipid panel on 7/15 and and my cholesterol was 155 (HDL 39, LDL 90, TG 130). Later that week I committed to a much more primal diet.
Since then my typical breakfast is egg casserole (local farm pastured eggs, local farm sausage, organic vegetables) with a glass of milk (full fat, organic). Throughout the morning I drink a 2 cup mug of coffee that contains half/half and a tbsp of honey. Lunch is a salad with hard boiled eggs and or avocado with olive oil. Dinner is typically either salmon or grass fed beef with veggies. I also eat a few squares of 90% coca daily.
On 8/19 I (prematurely) did another lipid panel (I'm an accountant so its all about the numbers for me) and cholesterol was 159 (HDL 34, LDL 98, TG 135). This worried me but I eventually found that this is a normal liver defatting stage. At this time I weighed 142. I also had the following tested: Glusoce 97 hsCRP 1.2 A1c 5.5
Thinking another 6 weeks should be enough time to defat my liver I got another lipid panel done Friday (9/30). I'm down to about 140lbs. Total cholesterol is now 183 (HDL 39, LDL 120, TG 120). I realize I should have had a VAP/NMR done and will do this for my next test.
Are my numbers improving yet?
Should my numbers be improving yet?
Am I doing anything that is preventing my HDL from going up/TG's from going down? When should I do my NMR lipoprofile? Any other suggestions?
edit: ECG from cardiologist appointments: 4/09/10 rate 62 pr 132 qrsd 76 qt 376 qtc 382 axis p -20 qrs 85 t 24 normal ecg unconfirmed diagnosis 10/08/2010 rate 92 pr 140 qrsd 80 qt 332 atc 411 axis p 58 qrs 90 t 42 borderline right axis deviation qrs axis (90,110) otherwise normal ecg unconfirmed diagnosis 04/08/2011 rate 65 pr 128 qrsd 79 qt 360 qtc 374 axis p 12 qrs 84 t 52 normal ecg unconfirmed diagnosis.
Have another cardiologist appointment this Friday.