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.
A Heart Healthy Diet is my mantra. I am closing in on 7 years since my emergency triple bypass surgery for my large major blockages. All three cardiac mains, 99%, 99%, and 80% blocked. I had another dozen inoperable blockages.
I rarely have any chest pain at all, and exercise almost every day.Saturday the 22nd I played volleyball with few breaks for three hours.
People need to pay attention to any angina or chest discomfort they get and reflect on what they ate in the past 24 hours. Likely they had some high fat food.
A sister in law just told me of numbness in her arm and pain in many muscles. This apparently came on a few hours after a big steak dinner. She has fibromyalgia like symptoms regularly. Turns out she also eats French rolls with lots of butter, and ham and cheese sandwiches with mayonnaise.
No heart friendly nutrition there.
The key to stop progression of heart disease is addition of high anti-oxidant foods throughout the day, and big reductions in oily or fatty foods.
Then increase exercise,starting with whatever you can do, even if it is slow walking. Little by little the amount of time will increase, and then your speed will begin to improve as you slowly grow stronger. At almost any age.
My Mother at 91 still walks a brisk pace. She had bypass surgery at 76.View Thread
I don't know much about Lipoprotein (a). But if it gets into blockages, I suspect that means it must be oxidized first. That simply points you trying to have a low fat and high anti-oxidant diet, as I have. It is so far not an issue when LDL is low, which yours is.
Not exercising too hard is important. Never be out of breath, short of breath, or breathing hard. With my careful regimen, I can do almost anything and it does not affect my breathing. Volleyball recently got my heart rate way up for extended periods, but never out of breath. I have fun, playing for 1 to 3 hours.
I like to think one of the best signs and predictors is the LDL/HDL ratio. At time of my surgery, mine was about 4 to 1. Very bad. Its been under 2.0 ever since, and as low as 1.2. Yours is about 0.65. That is amazing.
HDL is the good cholesterol, so its only a problem when it is low. The higher the better for HDL. And my doctor did not want my LDL below 70. He actually hoped it would come up from the mid 50's. Triglycerides are divided by 5 before being added to the total cholesterol number. At 81, dividing by 5 = 16 points toward the total.
The CRP may indicate either stress or excessive exercise caused inflammation. Can you comment on that ?
Your doctor's comment that the lipid profile is good seems an understatement. In my tightly focused opinion, its a great lipid profile. Do you a tight diet, or a loose one ? Exercise often ?