Unexpected Changes

Speaking of challenges and unexpected delays, Dad shared with his Seriously Dad email list yesterday something we thought our male readers might want to get checked out for themselves. See the article. The response to that e-mail was pretty amazing. If you guys aren’t on the Seriously list (e-mails sent weekly), you can sign up on the sidebar of the blog–the little black button that says Receive Seriously.

“So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Psalms 90:12

29 thoughts on “Unexpected Changes”

  1. Good article by your father. My husband has heart disease on both sides of his family. In fact, all males on both sides had heart attacks under the age of 55 (several dying from them), which tremendously increased my husband’s risk for heart disease. In consultation with a doctor a few years ago, he inquired about special blood testing to determine your risk for heart disease. This doctor put him on heart healthy supplements based on those results. When he went for followup testing, all the early signs of heart disease had cleared! Of course, this is along with exercise and a good diet.

    1. I am so sorry to hear what happened. Your father is blessed that it was caught when it was. Heart disease, especially in women, is nothing to fool with.

  2. Wow, when did your father got the heart catheterization and the two stents?
    I am so glad he went to the doctor.
    Remembers me to listen more to Dr Fuhrmans teaching.

    All the best to your father,

  3. I’m not sure if you all are aware, as you only address this to men, but women have problems with cholesterol also. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women. My grandmother nearly died from a heart attack in her 60s. Thanks to God, she is still with us, but has had to have stents, catheterizations and cholesterol medication since then. Both of her daughters, my aunts, have been on cholesterol medication for some time to help prevent them from having heart attacks like their mother. I hope that Teri is also getting her cholesterol checked, and all the women in your family. It is so important for women and men to know the risks and take precautions.

    1. Hi Lauren,

      Yes, women can have issues too. Dad’s e-mail, though, was for the Seriously guys.

      Mom got her cholesterol checked and has had a heart scan. 🙂 So yes, we’re keeping tabs on things. Thanks for your comment.

  4. I wish this information had been shared with all of your readers. It would have been timely for me, a woman in her mid-forties, as I have an angiogram scheduled for tomorrow morning. I’m scared of this procedure even though I lucked out and will receive the catheter via my wrist. I understand this was a “for men only” column, but heart health is an important topic for all of your readers and it could have spread even more knowledge and comfort had it been shared equally. Would you please consider printing it as a special blog post for all to read?

    1. Hopefully as we work through this discussion and the blog comments, it will be obvious from others’ experiences that this information is important for women too. It is likely that anyone who is interested will read Steve’s article. Since it was his personal experience, he addressed it to men. Praying, Jen, that your procedure goes well.

      1. Thank you very much for the prayers, they worked! I’m back home, even though I did need a stent for a 90% blocked artery. The test was not so terrible and since it was done via my wrist I could sit up immediately, but I had worked myself into a state of fear which was the worst part of this experience, and so unnecessary. I had the Coronary Calcium Scan Teri mentioned, and my calcium score along with chest discomfort with some shortness of breath alerted my doctor to the issue. I’m so very thankful for today’s outcome, and I’m praying for good health for us all!
        Thank you again, Teri, for reaching out to me. Knowing I was being prayed for this morning eased some of my nervousness.

        1. Thank you for updating us Jen. So glad it went so well. I expect others who read your blog comment were praying too. Now you are probably doing what we are doing – lots of research to see how we are going to change our diet.

  5. My husband had read Mr Maxwell’s email and we talked about just how right he is about taking it serious. I had a heart attack 1 1/2 years ago at the age of 48. I have a family history of early heart attacks (which I had never known,I wasn’t around that side of the family too much to know) and I carried extra weight. I also agree wholeheartedly with his post, diet, exercise, checking cholesterol, and knowing your family history is a must. Hope Mr Maxwell is feeling better very soon! We’ll be praying for him.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Karen. Another testimony that this is important for women too. I had a heart scan 8 years ago, and when I sat in the waiting room, there was a poster for walk in heart scans at the hospital for $40. So I got another one while I was there with Steve at the hospital last week. Cholesterol test too at a lab.

      1. May i ask what is a heart scan? Just wondered, we might call it something different but was just curious. Also, $40, wow you can’t get much done for that small amount anymore. Great price!!! Well worth the money I’m sure.

  6. My husband had a heart attack last year at 43. We are both very active and put a huge focus on eating healthy. He had 100% blockage in one artery. Genetic predisposition can get you at any age or state of health. I hope more people listen to what wise advice your father is giving here, because it is literally a life saver.

  7. I had a heart scan done a couple months ago and I can honestly say it’s the first test I’ve gotten a ‘zero’ on and been happy about it!

    My husband has a family history of heart disease, and his heart scans have shown he has arterial sclerosis. We monitor his cholesterol every six months and eat a heart healthy diet. He also does HIIT exercises and keep his weight right where it should be.

    It takes hard work. determination and consistency and it has paid off as thus far he has avoided both a heart attack and the need for surgery.

    I will be praying for Steve’s recovery now and in the months ahead as he works to keep himself healthy! Praise God the issues were found and treated successfully!!


  8. Thank you for the reminder, I’m glad your father got checked when he did and hope he is recovering well from the procedure.

  9. So glad to hear Mr Maxwell got it checked. Just a few months ago in October of 2018, my husband had chest pains too and went for a stress test, heart scan and angiogram which showed severe blockages that any stenting would not have helped. Eventually in November he went for an open heart surgery and the doctor did 5 bypasses! God kept him and we learned many lessons about trusting our mighty God. The recovery was about 3 months. Now he’s back to work and exercising almost daily, eating healthily and taking his meds, making sure his cholesterol is under control. He also lost 22 pounds. Yes genetics played a big part in his ordeal, his late mom actually died of a heart attack. We are very grateful God led us to know the problem becoz we are a young family with 3 kids under 6. God is good to keep him all this while and even giving him a new lease of life!

    1. Wow, Bee, what a story! So grateful your husband made it through surgery. Open heart with 5 bypasses? Whew. Praise the Lord for His mercy and giving him more time to raise his family!

  10. Have you read Dr. Esseylstyn’s reverse and prevent heart disease? He originally became known when he took 20 people who were basically sent home by other doctor’s to die because of their severe heart disease and helped them all live for decade or more longer. (some were still alive 20 years later) A whole food, plant based diet is proving over and over again to not only help, but reverse heart disease.

    Be well Steve.

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