Standard risk factors for heart attack—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight and smoking—do not account for half of the heart attacks suffered. Then how do you know if you are at risk for heart disease? While the standard tests such as LDL (bad), HDL (good), total cholesterol, and triglycerides are ok, there are three additional, newer tests that can really pick up heart attack risk
If you experience chest pains, you need to seek immediate medical attention. But, don’t automatically assume that the first suggestion the doctor makes is the right option for you.
There’s an old saying, when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Well, the same can be said for most mainstream cardiologists.
If you go to a surgeon, he’s going to tell you to get surgery because that’s the tool he has.
If you go to a general practitioner, he’s going to give you drugs, because that’s the tool he has.
But in both cases, that may not be your only option.
What is bypass surgery?
Bypass surgery, formally called a coronary artery bypass graft (or CABG, referred to as “cabbage”). With this surgery, they open you up and graft veins from other parts of your body. The harvested veins are used to reroute blood flow around the blockage. Grafts last five to ten years and then you need to have them redone.
They usually harvest the veins from your legs. Newer techniques, however, use veins from your chest, which seems to work just as well or better. And an advantage to using chest veins is that you don’t have enormous scars on your legs afterwards.
Afterwards, the doctor usually tells that you were lucky he caught it and that you were a walking dead man or woman. They refer to these blockages as “widow makers.” It seems as if it’s always a “90 percent blockage and you could drop dead if the bypass isn’t done right away.” It scares you to out of your mind and into surgery.
This is exactly what happened to Sharon, 58. “I went to the doctor and the next thing I knew I was admitted to the hospital and had a bypass operation. I think it was unneeded, and now I’m on a slew of drugs that make me feel lethargic and not myself anymore.”
Think of it like plumbing. The water is backed up because a pipe is blocked. In this case, the plumber decides to bypasses the blockage with another pipe to get the water flowing again.
With bypass surgery, there is a chance of death due to serious complications in one to four percent of the cases. It is also very expensive and recovery is painful and takes a several weeks.
Is it necessary?
In some rare cases, yes. It can save your life. But its not a permanent solution.
If you don’t clear out the pipes, the only thing a bypass does is kick the can a little further down the road. What’s needed is a real solution. A way to naturally clear out those blockages.
And that’s exactly what I show folks how to do in my program, The 3-Step Heart Cure.
Did you know there are three critical signs that tell you if you’re about to have a heart attack? They have nothing to do with your cholesterol or blood pressure.
They’re not linked to your age, your weight, or your medical history.
In fact, they can occur even if you’re in peak physical condition and you’ve never smoked a cigarette in your life.