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Not much information on exercise for heart disease patients that I have found on WebMD, so I created an Exchange specifically for that cardiac rehabilitation.
I had to stop my previous exercise back in:
October 2002 for an infected mitral valve to heal, then rehab. April 2004 for a broken wrist, and could not exercise with it, then rehab March 2005 for a strained mitral valve, then rehab January 2006 for an emergency triple bypass, and rehab. I also had a dozen inoperable 80% blockages. August 2006 for two stents and a minor heart attack August 2009, Viral Meningitis, only a 1 week break, but slowed down a bunch.
I am 57, row, play badminton and basketball, do my own yard work, and also use a treadmill and some light work with weights.
Recovery is possible. Even very light exercise helps you heal.
I have mentioned the Cardiosmart website as a resource a few times in individual posts. This is a terrific website supported by the American College of Cardiology, the major professional society for cardiac caregivers in the US (and with plenty of international members as well). There are some good pages dealing with common cardiac conditions and procedures. There are some links to helping you find a cardiology specialist in your area if needed. I'll continue to refer to specific pages when I think that someone might benefit from some of the materials but for now, take a look and see if there are some things that you find helpful.
In his blog "Living with Stroke," Richard talks about one man's unconventional method for coming back from a debilitating stroke. He is Harvey Alter, a former New York security consultant turned fulltime aphasia advocate.
Feel free to follow the link to the Chronic Disease & Disability Exchange, and continue the discussion there.
We all know that heart health is SO important for our overall health. There are some simple self-assessment tests and basics of heart health available from Abrazo Healthcare. I recommend perusing the site for helpful information:
EPCs are endothelial progenitor cells. They stimulate healing in blood vessels. Apparently every single cardiovascular risk factor interferes with the blood vessels ability to maintain themselves and heal from injury. The fewer risk factors one has, the greater the chance of healing progressing faster than damage building.
That is why patients who will go through ALL the recommended lifestyle changes have significant health improvement despite massive heart disease, like me. My angiogram the day before emergency CABG for less than 7% blood flow to my heart, also showed a collateral capillary network they would have expected of an Olympic marathoner. Finding the two together really stumped my doctors.
Even oxidized LDL has a negative effect on the EPCs, so having any oxidized LDL by itself slows the bodies ability to repair damage that the oxidized LDL is also causing as it becomes enveloped in macrophages that form artery blockages.
Thus the need for LDL as low as possible and frequent ingestion of anti-oxidants and EPC stimulating foods throughout the day.
If one can reach a zero level of oxidized LDL, along with reducing all other risk factors, we do the greatest good to heal our blood vessel damage. View Thread
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