A majority of patients believe stents and bypass surgery allow them to NOT need to improve their lifestyle, and the surgery works miracles throughout their body. They do not want to believe it is simply a plumbing patch that MUST be matched by a change in diet and lifestyle.
That is why my surgical cardiologist gave me almost no chance to make it even two years after bypass surgery. But I was an ideal patient, taking all my meds and recommended supplements EVERY day, and taking exercise rehab very seriously. Plus doing extended research to find what foods are truly beneficial for heart disease, not just what is in popular sources. Plus I believe I found the entire sequence of events that occurs with development of blockages that lead to heart attacks and death. I have yet to see it all listed in one article or book, unless I wrote it on one of these posts. Which I know I have done in the past.
I am as fit, or better, than I was 30 years ago. I am 61 now. As mentioned in the post on pomegranates, I can play volleyball hours and hours with people half my age. I scull a heavy boat for the workout. I can ignore hot weather because I eat a diet high in potassium.
A key to exercise is to use a heart rate monitor so you know when the heart starts to beat harder and faster to compensate for the heart tiring, and that is time to slow down in that workout, not push harder. That is a key to avoid fatigue.
Most people try to do too much too soon, and declare exercise to be not possible for them. When with patience and a graduated step plan, they could take their fitness to almost any level they want, as I have.
People don't have more strokes and heart attacks because of stents and bypass surgery. They have more strokes and heart attacks because of hubris that a plumbing patch makes them immune to other required changes they have to make in diet, exercise and lifestyle.
My doctor thought I could not do what I have done even if I tried. But I was smart enough, wise enough, and patient enough to take his prognosis seriously, do extended research, and apply everything I found to my diet, my nutrition, my lifestyle, my exercise rehabilitation.
The "magic bullet" to recover from arterial disease, is the idea that change is mandatory.
When asked my prognosis after bypass surgery, my doctor looked at me as if I was an idiot. He politely did not laugh. He said nothing, just dumbfounded that I thought I had a prognosis, that there even was a chance. He thought I had forgotten I had a dozen additional inoperable blockages. He believed I had a death sentence. He believed I would deteriorate, develop heart failure, and be dead with nothing anyone could do about it. He warned of the heart failure. I was checked every two weeks for six months as they expected it to develop, but it never has.
My bypass surgery was January 13th, 2006. A Friday.
You and I both are proof what what a person can do to recover from serious arterial disease.
If people want to believe what they read on the internet, they need to know what is fact and what is fiction. Fiction says everything is easy. Facts show the way. Some of us follow what we learn from the facts we can discern.View Thread
I read and have tried soaking beans to reduce gas. I did this, dumping and refilling the water every few hours for about a day, with two pounds of dried mixed beans, about 20 varieties in all. I was home with a bad cold, so the resulting gallon of mixed bean soup was most of what I ate for three days. If anything, less gas than normal for me.
The substance causing gas gets into the water, a sugar I think, so cooking the beans in the water they soak in does nothing. Dump the water. A few times, even better.
For one thing, berries are very high in anti-oxidants. All red/blue/purple fruits are very healthy. That is berries all over.
I buy fresh berries and freeze them. They are not too hard to eat, and will keep indefinitely, Or at least long enough to be eaten and not spoil first, so I can buy them in large containers and enjoy them for a few weeks. Grapes too. I get the 4 lb box at CostCo.
I found the research on anti-oxidants connecting them to prevention of oxidized LDL years ago, and won't let that be forgotten. A low fat and high anti-oxidant diet is key to good health.View Thread
Am I the chief pomegranate fanatic ? A spoonful of arils at a time ? I will eat one or two whole pomegranates in a sitting sometimes. Some seeds are edible, some not. Know your variety.
I am sure I must have put some pubmed links to research on them a long time ago. I drink some every meal, almost every day of the year, closing in on 8 years now.
Sculling now for 16 months, an hour on most Saturdays and Sundays alone or with a friend or daughter, and playing hours of volleyball. I am having more fun, and never tire. I surprise the folks I play with, half my age, with my speed and vigor. Can't jump that well, and no visual judgment to spike. But I do manage to upset young guys now and then with a solid block on their spike attempts.
Pom's are also very high in potassium. In blood tests, my potassium is always at the top end of the healthy range, or a touch above it. I played outdoor volleyball last year in 100 degree heat a number of times. Feels like only 85 or 90 to me. I sweat bullets, but feel cool and comfortable. Never needed a rest, and the 20 and 30 somethings playing looked at me like I was an alien. Great fun. Just needed some juice or water now and then. Rest ? Some days I played as much as 6 hours.
3,000 ORAC anti-oxidant units in a small one. 10,000 or more in a big one. You need a couple pounds of veggies to approach that. Veggies are 10% the anti-oxidant capacity of the better fruits. 1% that of the best herbs and spices.
Pomegranate boosts HDL numbers and function, so HDL works as if you have much more for reverse cholesterol transport, eliminating LDL in the bloodstream.
Boosts the bodies production of paraoxonase, which is the "magic bullet", that causes macrophages (the immune cells at damaged artery sites that absorb oxidized LDL) to release ox-LDL, allowing the blockages to shrink over time.
Almost no other food has a similar effect on paraoxonase, from continued research I do keeping up with the literature.
Oregano : At 270,000 ORAC units in 3 ounces dried, that is the same as 90 pomegranates. Sprinkle some on everything you eat. Seriously.
I should change my moniker. No longer DeadManWalking.
Now I am sculling, playing volleyball, and back into archery.
In the McArdle book I have, it is referenced and the results reviewed in Chapter 1, the section on Carbohydrate Dynamics in Exercise, pages 15-18. The comprehensive research study cited is from a Scandinavian physiology journal, circa 1967 (1967;71:140), titled "Diet, Muscle Glycogen, and Physical Performance. Authors listed as Bergstrom J, et al.
Book is fifth edition of Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance, by McArdle, Katch, and Katch. 2001.
My energy level definitely stands out when the other 30 people playing volleyball, no matter the outside temperature all take breaks between and I stay fresh as a daisy, though sweating not quite as much as a from a Spring shower.View Thread
The volleyball group I play with are curious how I can be 50% to almost triple their age and have as much or more energy for longer than they can. Plus I may row an hour in the morning before I play, 4 to 6 hours, nearly continuous.