It's great to hear that you made it out alright from the heart attack
and surgery. As a medical student, I'll offer some of my (limited) knowledge
here as well...
I would be wary of "Eat Right for Your Type", to be honest. In short, I
think if you want to use that as an adjunct to medical therapy, that is
perfectly fine, but I would strongly recommend against using the diet as a
substitute to medical therapy.
The 81 mg of Aspirin is one of the best things you can be doing right
now. BTW, be sure to keep a regular dose aspirin on you at all times... The
best thing to do when you are having a heart attack (AFTER you call 911) is
to chew a regular dose aspirin, and let it dissolve under your tongue into
your sublingual glands or just chew it thoroughly and swallow it. This has
been thoroughly shown to increase one's survival from an MI by greater than
The next thing I would recommend is medication to slow the progression
or precipitation of the underlying disorder/disorders that caused the MI in
the first place. For valvular regurgitation, that would mean the use of an
anti-clotting agent (on top of Aspirin) like Clopidogrel (Plavix). For
Atherosclerosis (which almost everyone has to some degree, by-the-way, esp.-
the middle and older adults), that would mean Warfarin (Coumadin). Both of
these agents have been shown to greatly decrease the mortality of these
diseases. For an arrhythmia, you would dramatically reduce your chances of a
bad outcome by taking an anti-arrhythmic.
On top of this, ACE inhibitors and B-blockers added as adjuncts to your
medical therapy, will reduce your risk of a bad outcome even more so. And,
if your heart is strained, add Spironolactone to the regimen as well (a
K-sparing, mild diuretic).
I would talk with your Cardiologist about all of these. When prescribed
and monitored properly by a cardiologist, these drugs are safe and can
literally save a person's life. I can honestly say that if it were not for
these agents, it is very likely my grandfather would not still be alive
today. These, and other drugs really have revolutionized medicine, and
really humanity, as well, in that they now allow for much much longer
life-spans of people who might have otherwise died "prematurely." Even
people who have lived their entire lives eating high fat diets can now enjoy
a much lower risk of MI or CVA if they are lucky enough to find a competent
doctor who puts them on these agents before something horrible happens.
Nothing else, besides a healthy diet (diet alone is still nowhere near
as effective as these agents in reducing bad outcomes, esp. in the
short-run, But, a healthy diet is a great adjunct to the agents listed
above), and EXERCISE! has been shown to be as efficacious as taking these
agents. This is why I would not "roll the dice" by betting on any one study,
or one program, or method, diet etc. Get on the meds first, and then try
these things out. And, to keep this post somewhat related to coffee,
contrary to old-school medical opinion, unless you have an arrythmia, coffee
is not bad for you. Even if you did have an arrhythmia, and you are being
treated for it, a couple cups of coffee at a time will not be harmful. BTW,
keep eating that fish atleast once a week. Omega-3s have also been shown to
reduce mortality clotting disorders (just be careful to pay attention to
which fish has more mercury than others, etc... and as another side note,
ALWAYS tell your doctor EVERYTHING- cough medicine, herbal, aspirin:
whatever- that you are taking)
----I have spent plenty of time on the internet investigating heart healthy
diets and supplements. BTW I am fully recovered from my heart attack and
open heart surgery in December, and am off all medications except an 81mg
enteric coated aspirin daily. An echocardiogram March 5 showed minimal
damage to the heart.
About two months ago I began a mostly raw fruit and vegetable diet with no
meat except fish. I am also adopting the "Eat Right for Your Type" diet from
Dr. Peter D'Adamo. His book presents the case for choosing which foods to
eat and which to avoid based on the four major blood types, O, A, B, and AB.
My type is A+ and very unfortunately, my favorite foods are on the avoid
There is also a list of beverages. Great news here at least for type A,
including myself, coffee is identified as highly beneficial. The same for
the rare type AB which combines the attributes of types A and B. However for
type B, coffee is neutral, meaning there is no benefit but also no harm. For
type O there is bad news. Coffee, either regular or decaf, increases stomach
acid excessively. Type Os are adapted by their genetic inheritance to meat
eating, and therefore already have plenty of stomach acid for digestion. The
book recommends that type O totally eliminate coffee from their diet.
I make no claims or recommendations. Read the book and choose for yourself.