My personal issue began with a very gradual increase in body weight from 200 to a high of 235 pds. My blood pressure was consistently increasing as well. I did not suffer a heart attack but had all the classic signs of angina. I noticed most of the symptoms during my frequent exercise. I could not run more than a quarter of a mile without walking. I was not out of breath, I just could not go further. Another very telling sign was the increase in my neck size of a three to four year period. I frequently would get flushing in my face, particularly when I was stressed.
The fact is exercise saved my life. Without noticing the symptoms I would likely have had a massive heart attack some years later.
I adopted a Plant Based diet the first week out of the hospital. My wife and I used Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book, Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, as our guide. The majority of the weight loss occurred about 2-3 months in and it was a step down process.