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Track Your Plaque: The only heart disease prevention program that shows how to use the new heart scans to detect, track and control coronary plaque Paperback – July 27, 2004

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It’s a sad fact: 90% of all heart disease goes undetected until heart attack strikes.

An annual physical won’t uncover it, you may feel great, exercise and eat intelligently, your LDL cholesterol may be 92 or 192—it makes little difference. Then how can you predict your heart’s future? Do you need a crystal ball?

Well, you don’t have a crystal ball. But you have the next best thing: Track Your Plaque, the program that shows you how to use the new heart scans to measure and control coronary plaque. Coronary plaque is heart disease that leads to heart attack. If you know you have hidden coronary plaque and how much, you have the power to take control of your heart health future. Quantifying the amount of plaque you have is the most powerful measure available to predict future heart attack, far better than knowing your cholesterol.

The revolutionary program that shows you how to begin to take control of your heart's future now!

Track your Plaque is a 3-step program that shows how you can:
1) Detect and measure coronary plaque easily and inexpensively
2) Identify the causes of your coronary plaque with methods that go far beyond simple-minded cholesterol measures
3) Effectively treat the causes and gain control of your plaque

Track your Plaque reaches farther than any other available program and can provide life-changing information to seize control of your future.

About the Author

Dr. William Davis is author, lecturer, and physician dedicated to promoting early detection and prevention of heart disease. As a practicing cardiologist, he became deeply dissatisfied with the conventional approach to heart disease and created the Track Your Plaque program to help others apply new technology in heart disease prevention. He is Medical Director of Milwaukee Heart Scan and practices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (July 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595316646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595316649
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. William Davis is responsible for exposing the incredible nutritional blunder being made by "official" health agencies: Eat more "healthy whole grains." The wheat of today is different from the wheat of 1960, thanks to extensive genetics manipulations introduced to increase yield-per-acre. Founder of the international online program for heart health, Track Your Plaque, his experience in thousands of participants uncovered how foods made of wheat actually CAUSED heart disease and heart attack. Eliminating wheat yielded results beyond everyone's expectations: substantial weight loss, correction of cholesterol abnormalities, relief from inflammatory diseases like arthritis, better mood--benefits that led to prevention of heart disease but a lot more benefits in other areas of health.

Dr. Davis now advocates a lifestyle in which all foods made from wheat are removed. He articulates this approach in his book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health, as well as his online program, Track Your Plaque ( He lives what he preaches, not having indulged in a wheat-containing bagel, ciabatta, or pretzel in many years. Dr. Davis practices preventive cardiology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By onewaypockets on August 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
Finally a cutting edge book that answers all the questions your doctor or cardiologist either didn't have the time to tell you in a short office visit, or much more likely had no idea about themselves. I had ordered about a dozen different books on heart disease from Amazon before I got to this gem. Certainly a long road to get here, but I probably wouldn't have appreciated this book as much until I read all the others!

This book ties everything together, the correct diet, supplements, exercise, prescription drugs, and explains everything so it is easy to understand and why each are important to your lipid makeup, plaque deposition potential, and the health of your endothelium (I never even knew what this was before).

In the two months I have been following the recommendations outlined by Dr. Davis I have lost over 20lbs and have much more energy and mental focus. My blood pressure has gone down (even while exercising) and I am able to exercise much longer and more intensely. Most importantly my good protective HDL cholesterol has gone up 25% in two short months!

People with active heart disease or family risk factors need to read this rather than living with the uncertainty of what their future will hold for them. Believe me when I tell you, I understand the feeling of not knowing everyday when I awoke if the "ticking time bomb" was going to go off soon. Get educated and pro-active in your heart health. This is the perfect book and starting point. I was finally frightened enough to research the topic and stick with the solution. You can too!
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Burlingame on September 28, 2004
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I am living proof that the program outlined in Dr. Davis's book really works! Eight years ago I was diagnosed with coronary disease through an EBT heart scan, despite low cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and ratio, plus a "health nut" lifestyle. I have been a patient of Dr. Davis's for the last five years. Following his program, I have been able to slow the development of plaque to the point that my risk of having a heart attack is very low. My family tree is filled with heart attack victims - my father had his first at 40 and was dead by 52 - and it is quite probable that I would have followed in his footsteps without the guidance of Dr. Davis and his Track Your Plaque program. As a registered nurse, I believe this program will change the course of medical treatment of coronary patients. As a patient, I'm extremely grateful that it came along before I ended up like my father. Cudos to you, Dr. Davis!
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Heart Hawk on September 21, 2004
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Every doctor and every conventional test I took said my cholesterol was low (under 100) and my heart was fine even though my close relatives were dying of heart attack. Finally, my doctor put me on Lipitor just to shut me up. I had a heart scan out of curiousity and found I had plaque but nobody could tell me why. I followed the book's advice and had my lipoproteins tested along with my brother and son. Sure enough, we all had the same genetic blood disorder, something called Lp(a), that was causing heart attack in our family. Now we simply take niacin (a B vitamin) and it has greatly reduced the problem. I hate to accuse anyone of malpractice but every doctor and cardiologist should read this book. Perhaps my mother would still be alive if they did!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Warren Widmayer on April 7, 2007
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This book and its author are at the forefront of a revolution in heart health care. It contains an incredibly extensive and thorough discussion of the state of the art of preventive cardiology as of 2004, when it was written. (The author maintains a web site with even more up-to-date information as well as a blog with almost daily postings on new developments.) Most of the explanation and advice is still way ahead of the way cardiology practitioners interact with patients today in most major medical centers.

The book is written in plain English and an engaging style, and makes the technical concepts easily understood, even to people (like me) with no medical background.

The author advocates the use of non-invasive, low-radiation, widely available heart scans to determine the extent of coronary plaque. If plaque is found, he next explains the use of new cholesterol tests that analyze cholesterol in more detail than standard tests. Finally, he explains what to do to correct the abnormalities the detailed analysis may uncover.

The book will be of most interest to people who are willing to take control of their health and who may even be willing to challenge their doctors to catch up with recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. The book is bluntly critical of the traditional cardiology strategies employed today in most hospitals and cardiology practices. As noted by another reviewer, he does advocate taking some supplements, but also tells you which supplements he thinks are worthless, based on reviews of numerous studies and his own experience treating hundreds of patients.

I found this book in my post-stent implant procedure investigation of the state of the art in heart disease treatment (I'm 50 years old).
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By anon on April 26, 2008
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I am one of the people in my mid 50's whose father had by-pass surgery in his 70's. I had low cholesterol, low blood pressure, exercised and ate very healthy food. I started to have unstable angina, and no one would believe that it was my heart, they said that was impossible. I ended up in the ER, had a stent put in and Re-stenosed (re-blocked) from the stent, then was forced to have Bypass surgery. No one could tell me why these things were happening. They put me on Lipitor even tho my cholesterol was not very high. It dropped down to 102, and I started to feel really strange, sort of out of it. After I read this book, I paid to have the blood test he recommends (it was too late to have the scan once you have had surgery), and found out I had 3 times the number of Small Dense LDL particles than you are supposed to have, which put me in the top risk category for another blockage. And guess what, there is only ONE thing that will change this number - it is plain old Niacin. Not only that, but my HDL went from the 30's to 88 on my last blood test! Please do not take the Sustained Release or Slow Release, I had liver problems from this (you have to have your liver enzymes tested periodically if you are going to take Niacin). I take 500 mg. after each meal, and had to work up to that amount. I eat a Mediterrean diet, but then I always have.
My doctors are amazed by these numbers, and still do not recommend the blood tests. cardiologists are in the Dark Ages - I have had 3 of the top ones in my city, it's a shame. Oh, its been 3 years and I feel great, but it took me 2 years to get back. One thing I notice is that when I go to my cardiologist's office, it is full of older, pretty out of shape people. Maybe its just a different population, and maybe they wouldn't be able to follow the recommendations in this book.
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