Very familiar "Family Lesson" I think we all can relate to...
Fran - Group Owner
Group Owners - Fran, Clare, Wende & Mike
Heart Scan Blog by Dr William Davis
Posted: 17 Jan 2010 06:47 AM PST
Lou was recovering from his 3rd bypass operation. This third go-round
left him weaker, slower, less quick on the rebound. In fact, he was
lucky to have survived.
At 71 years old, Lou went a good 15 years since his second bypass,
another 10 years prior to his first bypass at age 46.
In the days immediately following Lou's bypass, I had a chance to talk
to his son, who stayed at his Dad's bedside while Lou struggled through
"Did your Dad tell you about why this has happened, what caused his
heart disease?" I asked.
"Sort of. He just said I should get checked," Lou's son, Aaron, replied.
"Did he mention the lipoprotein(a) pattern he has?"
"No. He never mentioned anything like that. He just said to get
That's how it gets played out more often than not: Mom or Dad has a
heart attack, stents, or (3rd) bypass, the children are told to get
checked. Getting "checked" assumes that the doctor knows what to check
In Lou's case, the reason why he was in the hospital getting his 3rd
(and final) bypass was lipoprotein(a), along with
genetically-determined small LDL particles, low HDL, a postprandial
(after-eating) disorder, hypertension, and borderline diabetes, not to
mention vitamin D deficiency, omega-3 fatty acid deficiency, and
marginal thyroid function. (Lou, a retired city employee, had showed
only marginal interest in correcting these patterns. While he accepted
medications, he proved unwilling to engage in the diet and nutritional
supplement strategies required to correct his patterns.)
So Lou's 3rd bypass operation provided a moment of reflection for Aaron
to ask: "Could I share the fate of my Dad?" With Lou's combination of
genetic patterns, there was at least a 75% likelihood that he did.
Sadly, going to his doctor would likely yield little more than a
cholesterol panel, a question about smoking, and a prescription for
Just getting "checked" would be, more than likely, a recipe for
disaster for Aaron: heart disease in his 40s or 50s. That's why you
need to take control over this sad state of affairs and ask--no,
insist--that an effort be made to determine whether you might share
your parents' fate.