Even 75% blockage is not too significant. 25% and 50% should be unnoticeable.
Being always tired suggests poor blood flow to her lungs for oxygen, and not a strong heart. I had bypass surgery for 99%, 99%, and 80% blockages in each of the three major coronary arteries. When I went to the hospital, they asked how long I had been bedridden and on oxygen. I had not been on either one. I've been slim, healthy and athletic my whole life.
I've carried through a very careful exercise plan and made my diet almost fat free. I am now in great health 7 years later.
Try looking at some of my links under Heart Health Cardiac Rehabilitation here on WebMD. The site featured me and my recovery in the September 2012 WebMD magazine, page 73.View Thread
CoQ10 is a natural substance to aid energy production in mitochondria. My cardiologist suggested it as one of the few supplements I take. I began taking it in March 2006, and I don't think I have had any side effects from it.View Thread
"Getting old" is a result of less activity than you once did, and muscles that do not retain their strength as well. Increased weight is resistance, makes things more difficult.
If your diet have not been ideal, then you could have blockages slowly forming, and they are finally to a point they limit blood flow to your heart significantly. Energy for muscles, especially cardio, is completely dependent on how much blood the heart can pump and how fatigue proof your heart is.
Warming up helps oxygenate your heart, and you might be able to do more. Better to start with lighter cardio.
I had triple bypass surgery 7 years ago, and through a carefully increased exercise regimen, I am in very good shape, able to play basketball or volleyball for hours, and do sliding seat rowing as I did in college. I could be stronger, but there is only so much time in a day.
Seriously consider making your diet truly great for the sake of your health.View Thread
Are you bedridden and on oxygen, or can you still walk ? A prognosis is not a diagnosis, nor a cause of death on a toe tag.
Create a new forum discussion, in this forum, or better, IMHO, in the Heart Health Cardiac Rehabilitation community forum.
There are quite a few helpful tips and resource there already. I created that some time ago, and have had enough success in my own rehab, that the WebMD editors interviewed me by phone, did some verification of my story, and put a one page success biography in an issue of WebMD magazine, September 2012, page 73 (print and online).
Regaining your strength may be a long road. You may never be where you were 10 years ago. But you may get 80% of the way there, and find life is great. Or if you can't recover that far, I would expect you would still enjoy the ride, and new found capabilities that will make life better.
Choose to believe you can succeed. I was told I would most likely have passed 5 years ago from heart failure. Patients with my level of blockages rarely have any other outcome. I'm a asterisk, not a statistic.
Choose life. A better one. Create a new discussion entry, tell us what you can do now. That is the beginning. When I started rehab, walking to the bathroom and back to the couch, slowly, was the only thing I did for a week. It felt like the only thing I COULD do. But day by day after that, month by month I improved. Believe you can.View Thread
You can have a few slices of whole grain bread every day. Lots of fiber, which will bind some of the fat in other foods, so it is not absorbed.
Excess meat tastes good going in, but just puts more protein in the toilet, since your body can not absorb that much that fast.
Orange juice is ok, better for hot weather with its rich potassium.
Pomegranate juice is likely best since a daily regimen will help shrink blockages based on gaining extra paraoxonase. Its a slow process, but better slow shrinking than slow further strangulation of your heart.
I hope you can get breaks to walk every day. You don't need to get tired, in fact should avoid it. But week by week add a SMALL amount more. If you start with two 5 minute walks daily, and add 1 minute each week. In just over a year you'll be having two one hour walks every day.
You are very welcome.
People tell me pomegranate juice is expensive. I point out I can buy 1000 bottles and it last 20 years or so, or pay about the same toward my funeral.View Thread
Clevaleva: No fruit. That is asking for trouble. Fruit is extremely high in nutrition and anti-oxidants. You need to work on cultivating a taste for fruit. Try freezing fresh berries. they will not be too hard to eat, and there may be less taste.
With no fruit and their anti-oxidants, a mostly meat with saturated fat diet, video games and no exercise, its possible you could have very bad arterial blockages.
Do you drink any juice ? Likely not, soda or nothing, right ?
Your taste buds are retrained to fatty foods, which is a terrible thing to do to yourself, since there is essentially no nutrition at all outside of the protein. Your body will try to synthesize what it can of what it needs
What are the actual good and bad cholesterol numbers ? The ratio of the two is important. For good health, it should be under 2.5, the lower the better. Mine at time of surgery for near total blockages of all three major arteries was 4.0.
Try to get in some exercise time, even if just walking around inside the house for 20 minutes three times a day. Do not walk so fast you get any chest pain. Slow down or stop if you do get chest pain.
I suggest you get a notebook and write down a daily log of all you do, and eat, and any associated pains, or times free of pain. If constant pain, I would think part of that is from nothing but fatty meat, meal after meal without a break. Cut the meat servings down to ONE piece each meal, and that half the size of the palm of your hand. Start buying some whole grain bread, and have some with meals. Please, no butter. Put hummus on your bread. Its is a spread made from garbanzo beans. I even enjoy bread with nothing on it.
Buy juice to drink.
Let's see if you don't start feeling better in a few weeks.