Look me up on facebook. I can let you know what I have done in my extreme case. Diet has potential to can a huge improvement for you in time. "Exercise" is all about starting easy enough, and having patience with yourself.
What's next is up to you.
I do tell my doctors what I do, and things I learn and where I found the information. I am closing in on 9 years post bypass surgery, and doing very well.
Only a little fat is necessary. Most people use fat and salt as if they were major sources of nutrients, which they are not.
I have been on a very low fat diet for 9 years, and am very healthy, very physically active. If I needed a lot more fat, I could not be as healthy as I am.
Excess calories in the diet lead to obesity, and the most calorie dense and nutrient poor foods are fat and alcohol. One can't pull nutrients from where they don't exist. The body will try, but can only do so much.
To keep dietary fats strictly beneficial, one also needs lots of anti-oxidants to keep LDL from oxidizing. Best way to do that is anti-oxidant dense foods: herbs, spices, fruits, in that order. And even among those, some are far more anti-oxidant dense than others. Veggies are low calorie and low in anti-oxidants.View Thread
See him to determine if it is a digestive issue, or actually the heart.
Reduce fat in you diet, and SLOWLY start exercising more often and for longer duration. If you exercise properly, you will avoid getting tired, yet still build endurance.
Natural remedies are reduced fat diet, more fruits especially berries of all kinds, plus pomegranates or its juice, and cook with herbs and spices daily. This will arrest and in time reverse heart disease. It has for me.
Moving produces healing substances from skeletal muscles one can not get anywhere else. So, once you can move some, you should. We are born to move. Don't and it is slow death. Be active, and have a long and wonderful life.View Thread
To get the "tweaks" to go away, you need to do a methodical rehab, and to alter your diet so it is very low in fat ,and has a high anti-oxidant content. That has worked tremendously for me.
I used to get those tweaks multiple times a day, very brief and sharp. Sometimes almost a sparkler effect for a few seconds. Within two years those had ceased. Now I seem youthful, and am vigorous. I row, walk, hike, and even play loads of volleyball with people half my age. Trying to elevate my skill to match my energy and endurance. They love it when I make difficult plays, for anyone any age. And I am 61. I am not a traveler getting old in a deck chair watching the world go by.View Thread
The biggest factors in heart disease are poor diet, stress, smoking and other chemical irritants, and lack of exercise.
There are DOZENS of studies about various forms of exercise other than Yoga that are highly beneficial for cardiac rehabilitation. A key is monitoring of heart rate and breathing, and not overdoing it. Seven years ago I could barely walk around the house after emergency bypass surgery. I have progressed to being able to play basketball, volleyball, and scull (row) as much as I tolerate. I row with power, and play volleyball for hours, that wears out most people I play with, half my age.
I think I have way more fun than anyone doing yoga. Fun translate to low stress, which is also of great importance in cardiac rehabilitation.
DeadManWalking. And running, sculling, and having a great time, pain free, angina free.View Thread
Start with walking. See how many minutes you tolerate. you are not going for speed first. I am against Yoga in cardiac rehab as it, IMHO, can not improve both heart and muscle function for active movement in daily life. Static or slow motion poses do not help with circulation in flexing muscle. Plus more motion causes skeletal muscles to produce healing substances in the interleukin molecule family, IL-10 I think.
Back off to exercise you tolerate without shortness of breath or any chest discomfort.
Cheese is mostly saturated fat. Give it up completely. I have had no cheese since my bypass surgery in January 2006, nor pretty much any other dairy. Adopt a very low fat diet with very high anti-oxidant content, and add in all berries, plus pomegranate on a near daily basis. Cook with herbs and spices. I am literally something of a poster boy for successful cardiac rehab with WebMD. See their magazine from the archives, september 2012, page 73. Consider taking a cardiac rehab discussion to the WebMD community forum Heart Health Cardiac Rehabilitation.
I have not heard of a blood thinner requiring a no veggie diet. Demand a different one if at all possible. Too many beneficial substances in veggies, than some minor assist with a blood thinner. A healthier diet is highly likely to be better for you than any blood thinner. I had and may still have a dozen other inoperable and unstentable blockages, and was never given such a blood thinner.View Thread
You are normally give a breakdown of LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. 20% of the Tri number goes to total cholesterol. You should have a ratio of 2.5 or less of LDL to HDL. Lower is better. My LDL/HDL ratio is about 72/48, or 1.5. It has been as low as 1.2.
My ratio was 4:1 at the time of my huge unstable angina and emergency bypass surgery in 2006.
I think it suggests that in either aneurysms or ectatic sections of arteries disrupted blood flow could disable the protective effects of endothelial cells lining the artery, and enable initiation of atherosclerotic factors.View Thread
I read one cardiology practice's review of 20 years of literature, and they believe the genetic factor may be as low as 1 in 500, a small fraction of 20%.
I have four siblings, and so far I am the only one with a serious heart issue. Father and grandfather both had heart attacks at about age 57. The older was a five pack a day smoker. My Dad a lot of stress.View Thread