I commend you on wanting to be as educated as possible on any procedures you are looking to undergo. Have you spoken extensively with your cardiologist about the pros and cons of having this done. Is he able to possibly put you in contact with past recipients of this surgery? I wasn't able to find any first-hand reviews, but I did find this study from the NCBI you may find it helpful to look through as well as the physicians manual on amplatzer from the FDA. If you are having doubts, it doesn't hurt to get a second opinion. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
"Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40%, researchers say. Their new study also found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of getting cardiovascular disease declined, and their blood pressure was lowered."
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Do you make it a point to get more fruit in your diet?View Thread
Who should win the People's Choice Award this year? Cast your vote here from a list of celebrities who have been featured on the cover of WebMD Magazine, and come back Nov. 3, to see the winner. This year's nominees are passionately involved in health causes from building programs for young athletes to championing new cancer treatments and working to teach people about endometriosis, rosacea, and more.
This slideshow on understanding cholesterol levels may be very helpful for you. Optimal LDL levels are those less than 100 (your 119.9 would fall into the near optimal levels). HDL more than 60 is optimal so your 60.3 falls into that category. Total cholesterol of 200 or less is considered optimal (your 209 would fall into the borderline category). Hope this helps!View Thread
Here is some information from the American Heart Association about travel and heart disease that you might find helpful. Is there any way you could call your mother's doctor to see if a short flight would be okay for her to take?
This slideshow covers the basics of the DASH diet that many of the other posters have mentioned. Cutting back on salt, adding more vegetables to your diet and choosing lean meats and fish are all good for your heart -- and covered in the slideshow.
This article has some really great tips on how to easily have a heart-healthy diet, and here you will find an overview of the American Heart Association's healthy diet guidelines.
One last cool resource is this chart that shows you how you can modify ingredients in some of your favorite recipes to insure that they are heart-healthy. I hope one of these resources helps!
This article explains what would put you at high risk for heart attack and is in line with what billh99 said. You might speak with your doctor about your family history of heart attack and see if he/she recommends you take any precautions or make any lifestyle changes to ward off heart attack. It seems to me that you take good care of yourself from what you describe, and if your doctor has said your numbers are fine then it is likely you have nothing to worry about.
We saw a lot of changes around heart health recently -- new guidelines on cholesterol and blood pressure and more information about the dangers of salt and sugar. So, how do we apply all of this new information to our everyday lives?