You should use a heart rate monitor when you exercise.
Always more up gradually to first improve circulation to your heart. With your chest pain problems, slowly increase your exercise pace, in 3 minute increments to see what your heart will tolerate pain free. Pain free is very important. You should also not be breathing hard AT ALL, no matter what.
Six years after bypass surgery, I recently played basketball for 40 minutes with not a single moment of chest pain or shortness of breath. Years of slow and careful rehab helped me get here.
Get all fats out of your diet. Only fresh foods, lots of fruit, especially berries. I have pomegranate juice almost every meal, and blueberries multiple times a week.
Assume you have heart disease, and adopt a diet for it to save your life. There is no way this suggestion could hurt you, and over the course of months may make a HUGE difference in reducing your symptoms.
I am not a doctor, but my doctors have told me that whatever I am doing, keep doing it. Nurses tell me to write a book for others to follow all the things I have learned. Meanwhile I am a model of fitness for people of almost any age, with a scar up my chest from bypass surgery.
WebMD, the Magazine, will have a short biography on me in an upcoming edition.
Please describe your diet for a typical month, and ALL your day to day today activities. Despite the test results, try a multi-month diet and lifestyle change to see if it makes a difference in what you are experiencing.
I was told chest pain was minor anxiety after 5 minutes of light chest pain that occurred in the doctor's office, because an EKG showed nothing wrong.
Three weeks later I had massive unstable angina, went to ER, had an angiogram, followed by emergency triple bypass surgery. I had blockages of 99%, 99% and 80% of the three main coronary arteries. Staff was amazed I had made it to the hospital in time for surgery, and not died on the way.
I was also extremely fit at the time.
Your body is warning you that something is wrong. Do something about it, more than asking doctors questions.
I passed two stress tests with excellent results one year and four years before bypass surgery. I had collateral circulation that masked severe blockages and allowed me to exercise.
I finally started having massive angina, and when an angiogram was done, they asked how long I had been bedridden prior to coming to the hospital. I had never been in pain before, or short of breath except for valve issues, which I had recovered from.
With the three major cardiac arteries all massively blocked, they operated on me the next day to bypass them. How severe ? 99%, 99%, and the "good one" at 80%, with another dozen smaller arteries at 80% blocked and inoperable.
Your symptoms tell you something is extremely wrong. When it come to the heart, tolerating pain is the worst thing you can do. Potentially, you are allowing sections of your heart muscle to die. NOT a good idea. See your doctor, and plan to adopt a very low fat, high anti-oxidant diet.
Take cardiac rehab seriously. Two tenths of a mile is far too long a walk if you have chest pains. The stents are not causing the pain, they gave you more oxygen.
How did you change your diet and other aspects of your life to reduce heart disease ? Without change, the heart disease continues to worsen, they simply opened up the worst parts.
I had short jabbing little pains frequently the first few months after bypass surgery for blockages of all three major arteries of 99%, 99%, and 80%. But with careful rehab and a huge diet change, the little pains faded into oblivion over time, but did not take me with them.
Recovery to a pain free state and the ability to be active do not come magically. They come from diligence to understanding your disease and making the personal changes necessary to improve your life. I have done this. When HMO nurses check in on me by telephone and ask what I am doing to avoid complications, they are astounded. Time after time they are surprised at what I am doing and my level of knowledge. They are not just encouraging, they tell me I should write a book on the subject. Please consider taking your issues and questions to the WebMD community forum I write in and have many tips in, so I won't have to repeat myself, Heart Health Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Two weeks ago I played 40 minutes of full court basketball, five on five with a bunch of twenty and thirty somethings. I was never breathing hard, never had a single chest pain, and my heart rate was an amazing 180 for 30 minutes. I have worked very diligently to recover my health. Your health is out there waiting for you to find it. Don't give up, or die first.
Begin at the beginning. You'll be surprised how much you can accomplish if you give yourself the opportunity.
I will be more than happy to discuss back and forth with you cardiac rehab. There is another forum, Heart Health Cardiac Rehabilitation, that I write from specifically. WebMD is so confident in my recovery and information that I share, I am one a select group with the added forum benefit of being a Health Ambassador with added WebMD privileges. They will have a one page short history of me and my disease history in one of the next ( September ?) WebMD magazines. Do look at my profile in that forum.
Stents were the right thing, as was a bypass surgery. Most people do not recognize the care with which to take their rehab. But done right it is liberating and fulfilling, giving you back more life than you had before the illness hit you. It can not be done carelessly. If center guided rehab is too expensive or too far, you can do your own, but it must be carefully paced and you must have a good, accurate heart rate monitor.
DeadManWalking, and playing basketball, hiking, strolling, etc, etc, etc.View Thread
Tone down the exercise until you don't feel any ill effects. The chest discomfort is not a good sign. Its ok to do a little more, but at a pace which causes no discomfort.
I trained this way for four years after bypass surgery and a prognosis of imminent heart failure. At that point was very fit and able to play full court basketball with teenagers at the park.View Thread
Your Dad has the conviction that he IS LIVING with his current lifestyle, and to change he would be but a shell of a man, a wimp. He does not care about anything but his poisonous lifestyle, or change would be easy. You should not worry nor care about him, as I doubt it has significance to him.
The good news is that HIS lifestyle is not genetic, and all of his problems are self-inflicted. You did not say how old he is, nor how old you are, nor whether or not you have shared any of his bad habits or for how long.
You did not mention diet. Is that just as bad, too ? Or does he at least eat some or many healthy foods. A very healthy diet might be the one thing he is doing right, or the only one, and the one thing averting sudden death.
You also did not mention how fast of a physical decline you have witnessed. Is he wheel chair bound, or still walking ? If walking, what is his usual walking speed ? The slower his normal walk, the closer he is to having nothing left, and a final sudden collapse. If wheel chair bound, refuse to buy him booze or smokes. Ignore him if he complains. He may be enjoying your hand wringing behavior.
Ask him if he wants to make funeral plans, or he wants it all done after he drops dead. With his lack of interest in life, I would suggest the family waste as little money as possible on a funeral, and tell him he'll be cremated and his ashes dumped. Consider telling him that if he won't look after himself alive, there is no point throwing good money after bad once he has no say in the matter. That might prompt a change in his thinking. Or he may just think you are manning up. Tough Love. Refuse to enable his toxic habits.View Thread