Naples Daily News (Newspaper) - May 10, 1976, Naples, Florida
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Strict Diet and Exercise May Reverse Heart Disease
MARCO WOMEN — New officers were recognized Wednesday a! a meeting of Marco Island Women s Club Left to rioht are Bobette Pfister. president. Jane
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Paulus, vice president. Merle Haven, secretary. Avis Bour. treasurer. Ruth Skulina. assistant treasurer, and Molly Weil, corresponding secretary
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Band Booster Dance Will Support Naples High Instrumentalists
The Naples High School Band Booster Club will sponsor a dance featuring the school's 17 piece Stage Band. The dance will beheid from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday at the Italian-American Club on Airport-Pulling Road.
Tickets at $5 per person are available by calling &42-5517 or 261-2975, or may be purchased at the door.
All proceeds will benefit the Naples High School band program.
LOS ANGELES (UPI) -Tommy Rongos, 55, had heart disease that was painful and disabling. He refused to have heart bypass surgery and chose a doctor’s strict diet and exerciseprogram instead.
He recently finished the Honolulu Marathon race, a grueling 26 miles, and he completed the 26-mile Boston Marathon April 19 in 90-degree heat. His doctor suggests that Rongos may havedemonstrated that coronary artery disease can be reversed.
Rongos was one of about 30 patients in a cardiac rehabilitation program at Torrance Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Benjamin Rosin, director of cardiology at the hospital, said Rongos had experienced severe chest pains for almost a year when he first visited the hospital in 1975.
"A treadmill test showed very marked abnormality consistent with two or three-vessel coronary- artery disease.” he said.
“We have tried with other patients the medical management of coronary artery disease before.” he said, “but it has never been shown the disease can be reversed.
“I think we have shown that.”
Rosin said tests showed three main arteries supplying blood and oxygen to the heart were blocked — two more than 95 per cent blocked, the other 75 per cent narrowed.
“If you showed these tests to 100 cardiologists. 100 of them would have recommended surgery to bypass these obstructions.” He said. “If a person in his condition had a heart
77?e o'/e? usec^ restricts fat to 15 per cent of the total calories and restricts simple sugars — table sugar, honey and molasses.
attack, his chances of living would be about zero. ”
Rosin did recommend surgery. but Rongos refused.
The only resource was a rehabilitalion program based on exercise of the heart and a very low fat diet.
Rosin said while sudden exertion can be harmful or fatal to persons with heart trouble, graduated running and exercise improves the blood flow.
“We knew, for instance, that autopsies done on marathon
runners reveal coronary arteries two to three times the size of the average person’s," he said.
The diet used restricts fat to 15 per cent of the total calories and restricts simple sugars -table sugar, honey and molas-
Rongos graduated from the rehabilitation program in under three months and by that time had lost 37 pounds.
"1 ran my first marathon to prove I could do it,” Rongos said. He finished the 26.2 miles
„1 five hours and 37 minutes. It wasn’t a record, but he did finish ahead of 80 others.
He entered the Mission Bay Marathon in San Diego less than a month later and cut 45 minutes off his Hawaii time. He ran the Boston marathon in 5 hours 15 minutes.
The time is not important. Rosin said. "What is important is the long distance exercise. It is virtually unheard of for a marathon runner to die of coronary artery disease.
The key, he said, is teaching the body to use fats for energy. That means that the sugar has to be burned up first. When the heart is put under stress for a period of time, the sugar is used up and then fats are used.
•'And that defines cardiovas-cularconditioning," hesaid.
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TOURNAMENT BANQUET -Naples Stirine Club was host during a four day annual golf tournament held at The Beach Club Hotel Over 200 Shnners. their ladies and fnends attended
from all over the state Left to right are the Illustrious Potentate of Araba Temple and Mrs Dale J Hilton. Mr and Mrs Ken Wood Naples Shnne Club
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A $1.000 scholarship will be participating soloists by the Jerome I£dwurds. He will presented to an outstanding Society of Symphony Women, study trumpet at the L'niver-music student at the Young In addition. Local No. 730, sitv of South Florida followimg Saturday. May American Federation of his j ers Exhibition Musicians, will award a c.y
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