March 31st, 2010 by admin
Former president Bill Clinton is in the news again. On February 11, he had two stents placed in his clogged coronary arteries. Remember, only about 5 years ago he underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery.
Why did he need another procedure for clogged coronary arteries only a few years after having gone through major bypass surgery? This happens all too often. Every physician knows that. Isn’t it time we look deeper instead of just keep doing damage control by procedure after procedure?
What really causes clogging of the coronary arteries to begin with? Is it simply cholesterol? Then a cholesterol lowering medicine such as statin drug should be able to prevent further clogging of arteries. But does it? Every physician knows that patients on statin drugs continue to require repeated procedures such as stent placements and heart bypass surgery. You can verify it by sitting in an ER and taking history from those coming with chest pain. Why?
Obviously the solution is not as simple as most people are made to believe.
If you don’t identify the real root cause of a problem, you will continue to suffer its consequences.
So what is the root cause of clogging of coronary arteries? In most cases ( especially if you are overweight ) it is Insulin Resistance, a complex process in your body which is responsible not only for the clogging of arteries, but also can lead to prediabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
Physicians who are knowledgeable in the field of insulin resistance are Endocrinologists. The irony is people rush to seek help for their clogged coronary arteries from cardiologists who do procedures aimed at fixing the consequences, but in general do not treat insulin resistance, the root cause. Therefore, people continue to suffer more and more coronary events. No one ever thinks of consulting an endocrinologist, the only physician who can take care of the root of the problem.
In additon to a cardiologist, anyone who has a coronary history should consult an endocrinologist for the evaluation and treatment of insulin resistance.
Click here to to learn about Insulin Resistance and Heart Disease.
Written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD.
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