A year and a half ago my husband (59yo) had a cardiac CT scan. His total score was very high at 1400. He immediately went on the Dean Ornish Reversal Diet and cut out ALL oils and fats, went totally vegan and lost 30 lbs (he is 6" and weighs 180). He was also put on statins right away and Ace Inhibitor for HBP. He is asymptomatic, no chest pains, or anything else. At the time he took a stress echo test took it as high and for as long as it would go and it showed no blockages (a year ago), normal result. He has a genetic predisposition to heart disease, (his father died at an early age of diabetes related heart attack.)
Today, 15 months later, he had another cardiac CT scan and his numbers are now skyrocketing at 1750! HOw and why would this be?
One thing he has NOT done is cut down on sugar. He eats a lot of it. Could this be affecting his numbers? What can be done to stop the progression of this CAD? He exercises but not consistently (daily) but is very active regardless. After over a year of following the Dean Ornish Reversal Diet RELIGIOUSLY, it seems something is very wrong.
Can you please shed some light on what other measures we can take to remedy, or stall this?
Also, can you recommend a specialist in the Southern California area that can see him?
Carrie, Concerned Wife