Had my MI 4 years ago at 50 - 5 stents in two lesions. I was compliant with medication, which was all new to me, until I had severe reactions. Found the books of cardiologist Ross Walker, which eventually led me to primal with a focus on inflammation and natural blood thinning. To let you know how effective is my strategy, I got to the point where I was getting severe headaches when doing pushups. Had me worried I could induce a stroke. Fixed it by dropping the fish oil. I think that taking plavix and aspirin while eating primal is a genuine risk due to the normal antithrombotic nature of the primal diet. You need to monitor yourself very carefully, especially with HIIT and heavy lifting. There is a real risk of a bleed
In short, I follow primal with the following tweaks/emphases:
* eat lots of coloured vegetables for the anti-inflammatory and blood thinning antioxidants
* eat fish up to six times per week - generally have a salad (lots of colours of course) with canned fish. I select the fish based on omega 3 profile. Also have smoked oysters for the zinc
* I eat curries for the turmeric
* I eat lots of organ meats for the vitamins and fats. Because my family don't like offal or curries everday, I achieve this by making myself batches of offal curry for breakfast
* Have a cup of hot chocolate (just 100% cocoa powder and hot water) each day
* A generous glass of red wine with a plate of cheese each night for dessert. This cheese is a rich source of vitamin K2
* I include homemade sauerkraut in my daily BAS, and make other ferments for gut health
* supplement Vitamin D3, Zinc and use magnesium oil
I walk about 30km per week and paddle on the weekend. Feel fantastic, don't have any twinges or flutters as I had before the MI and for a time after. I guess I still have CVD but hope that I am healing it. Very hard to get definitive tests for this, especially in Australia.
I can't advise you to go drug free and your physicians never will. All that I can tell you is that I believe that primal with specific focus has enabled me to try it and so far so good. But its all about probabilities so there is no doubt that I'm gambling. I just believe that I had no choice as acting on my physicians' advice was causing definite physical decline. I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees.
By the way, testosterone production is affected by more than just exercise. Things like statins will diminish testosterone because cholesterol is a precursor. So is Vitamin D. Also read up on pregnenolone steal for ways to tweak testosterone production
Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.
Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine