Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Update from my first "how it began" entry: more details from the Mayo cardiologist and dietician we just spoke with. We mailed him the results of the diagnostic tests and because of what he said, we are all doing the happy dance!!
This doctor felt we are actually on a less-risky track with diet and exercise vs. the recommended surgery! He has actually MET Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Ornish, has read the China Study and met the authors! His opinion is if I stick close to these diet plans that mimic the successful case studies in all three of these books, I may actually be on a less risky path!
It was also of his opinion that if I were his patient, he would be reluctant to stent a patient who is not symptomatic. He mirrored everything Dr. Rex Outtrim told us in our consultation, and said we are on a very reasonable, responsible path to reversal. And, that this is the program he recommends to all his patients as well. He also confirmed that the recommended bypass was the "typical" and very reasonable option that most cardiologists would have recommended. It's just not the ONLY approach.
The doctor also confirmed another next step I forgot to mention: a cardiac rehabilation program through the Utah Heart Institute. I will be going in for my first program consultation soon. This will include diet, exercise and vitals monitoring. (It's kind of like physical therapy for the heart!) So be assured I will have doctors and nurses hovering around me every week during rehab!
A big sigh of relief and huge props to Blue Cross Blue Shield for being there for me, and covering my alternate course of action. Um, I think it will save them some money, too! But their case workers have been AWESOME!!