Blocked arteries

ValiD
By ValiD Latest Reply 2011-01-26 10:47:31 -0600
Started 2010-10-24 10:57:37 -0500

I'm here for my husband. When he was 41 he had triple bypass. Now at 54 the symptoms have returned. He's overweight and smokes. He golfs a couple days a week and never rides in a cart and does vigorous dancing one day a week. He went to a cardiologist and they gave him a stress test. Now that they know there is blockage in various areas they scheduled him for an angiogram in 2 weeks. Better late than never and I know it late but I really want to help him with eating right and exercise. I don't know how to cook like that. We are midwest people and everything is meat and potatoes. Any suggestions would be great.


19 replies

cynthiakelly
cynthiakelly 2011-01-26 07:17:04 -0600 Report

most dr.s have cooking info or you can ask in rehab or the hospital dietician can help as well, deer meet is good to replace beef it can be ground and made into sausage thats good for you beside roast and stakes. i know it is hard at first but after you get into the routeen it will be normal, use a steam to make vegs and potatoes it drops starch off them and when you cook rice and noodles wash them thuroughly before cooking to get starch off. look in no salt spices,read labels closely.
i have had 3 bypasses and 12 stints since 1997 and get thlium stress tested every year,so yes it always can come back, one thing that helped me is 1200 mg fish oil daily and niacin 500 mg daily at bed time.besides all the other dr meds and prenatal vitaimin ,that vitamin cost 8.00 for a few months supply and has all the vitamins in it that would cost me 30 a month for. weird for a man to take but my wife cynthia put me on it and my doc sees good improvementwith it/

ValiD
ValiD 2011-01-26 10:44:42 -0600 Report

Thank you for the advice. My husband has been doing awesome. I don't think he's eaten any red meat since his procedure and I'll be honest we are all getting pretty sick of chicken and turkey meat. I think we are pretty close to moving toward vegetarian. Venison might be interesting to try. I'll check it out. Keep up the good work with diet and vitamins I wish you the best and hope and pray you won't have anymore blockage.
Wow what a great idea and saving by taking prenatal vitamins! Never would have thought of that.
Thanks again be well.
ValiD

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2011-01-18 13:52:06 -0600 Report

Hi ValiD
I had a heart attack 7 years ago and had 4 blocked arteries. I now have 4 stents to keep them open. I spent 13 days in intensive care, thats where they taught me how to eat right. One thing I might recommend is a Mediterranean Diet. It allows you to eat things like fish, and white meat. You get a lot of vegs. and fruits. Check with his cardio dr. I've had a lot of heart patients tell me thats what their drs. recommened. The diet in combination with cardio rehab and then 3 or 4 days a week at the gym has helped keep my weight down and the gym helps the heart. Most gyms will set up a program to suit his ability. Hope this help. God Bless
Denny

ValiD
ValiD 2011-01-26 10:47:31 -0600 Report

Hi Denny,
I like the idea of a mediterranean diet. Sound good. I'll check out some recipes. As I stated in a different post we are all pretty sick of the same old same old and your advice sounds like it could be the answer to my dilemma.
Thanks again. Good luck staying healthy you sound like you've really got a handle on this.
ValiD

minnie25
minnie25 2010-11-18 22:17:16 -0600 Report

Im in a simular position my husband had four stents put into his heart he's overweight and is a diabetic type two with hypertension, but he goes to Cardic
rehab and we are both on low carb diets we have both lost weight. Try a low
carb diet, and see if your doctors or hosipital has a cardic Rehab program
it really works! get the patch for smoking or there maybe a program for quitting
smoking at the hospital or doctors office. Any way Good Luck!

ValiD
ValiD 2010-11-18 22:40:34 -0600 Report

Minnie25,
Thanks for the thoughts on the low carb diet. I'm slowly cutting down on the carbs (but not completely) and making better choices for low to no fat meals. It's probably one of the hardest things I've had to put in motion. My husband has done really great with the life style changes. He's been almost completely smoke free since his procedure which was the 3rd of this month. Unfortunately, he's had a little set back. He felt great after the stent but now he's feeling worse than before the stent. When he went to rehab they called in the cardiologist and he upped the doses of all meds and added nitro 2 times a day.
Now I guess we just keep on and hope it all works out for the best.

I wish you much luck with your own situation.
ValiD

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2010-11-12 16:21:59 -0600 Report

ValiD,

Good start! Search for answers everywhere. Don't discount any idea or accept any solution as the only answer. This is the foundation of Informed, Self-directed Healthcare (ISH) .

Orthomolecular therapy has its place within limits and those limits are variable. The part I like about orthomolecular theory is that it is based on the notion that we are all different and need different things in different amounts.

Many people would consider the 8000IU of vitamin D3 I take to be an orthomolecular "megadose" but careful tracking reveals this is the amount I need to achieve my target blood level of 60ng/dL (part of the 60/60/60/60 program I follow created by heart disease prevention expert cardiologist William R. Davis).

On the other hand, I am not so certain though that megadoses of vitamin C will help with my lipoprotein(a) problem (which I discovered via advanced lipoprotein testing) as Linus Pauling (he coined the term "orthomolecular") suggests. Again, my personal testing revealed no effect at any dose! But, we are all different.

Looking out for your health,

HeartHawk

ValiD
ValiD 2010-11-12 14:14:19 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I will remind him of how frightening the bypass was not only for him but for the entire family. You are an inspiration and I hope my husband can be as strong as you.
Good luck with your recovery.
Thank you
V

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2010-11-12 12:06:01 -0600 Report

VakiD:

Lot's of strong advice given here. Let me throw in my 2 cents worth.

  1. Giving up smoking is a no-brainer. I'll reiterate it only to further emphasize how important this is.

  2. The blockages came back for a reason. Your husband likely has some lipid abnormality that is the root cause and it may not show up on a standard lipid panel. Consider consulting with a physician who is familiar with advanced lipoprotein testing. There are many options now including companies like LipoScience, Berkeley Heart Labs, and Atherotech.

  3. Diet can be very useful. The latest data seems to cast carbohydrates (especially processed carbs) as the villain. With the possible exception of saturated fats, fats (poly and mono saturated - "good" fats) can replace carbs. Note that fats are more calorie dense so total calories still need to be watched. Replacing potatoes and noodles are tough, I agree - but so it recovering from bypass surgery! Steamed veggies have been my savior! It gives me that warm, stemi-starchy mouth feel. Also, I have replaced snacks such as pretzels and chips with nuts to get the crunch I crave.

  4. Exercise is key and all my docs suggest 30 minutes, five times per week, at 70% of maximum heart rate at my personal goal. Ask your doc what is right for you. I typically do cycling and resistance training.

  5. Nutritional supplements can be as powerful as drugs (after all they are ALL just chemicals). Consult with your doctor about well-researched, heart healthy supplements like fish oil, vitamin D, and niacin. They have had a phenomenal impact on my blood lipids.

Best of Luck,

HH

ValiD
ValiD 2010-11-12 14:01:01 -0600 Report

Thank you for this great advice. Your 2 cents were a very welcome sight. My husband, has now at long last given up smoking. Yay! It hasn't been that long but it's a start. He had his angiogram on the 3rd and they did put in a stent. When he had his bypass 13 years ago the doctor warned us that they usually lasted only 10 years. He's going to rehab 2 days a week for the next 7 weeks and we are looking into buying a treadmill. I'm happy to say we are eating really healthy now and he's open to a somewhat vegetarian life change. Not completely but it's a start. I'm now focusing on his portion control.
I have an uncle who is a doctor in San Francisco who practices Orthomolecular nutrition and I'll speak with him regarding the Lipoprotein testing.
Thank you so much for all your advice.
V

Canadiantiger
Canadiantiger 2010-10-25 12:19:10 -0500 Report

One of the biggest problems is the fact that he smokes :(. He is actually not getting as much "exercise" as you would think. He needs to be doing at least 30 minutes of exercise a day … even if it means going for a walk (even if he starts with 15 minutes of continuous walking). These are some of the reasons it has returned.

Most foods have nutritional information on the package … watch the saturated fat: the lower the better. Meat: loaded with fat that does more harm than good. Try more chicken, turkey and fish or, I hate to say it, some meals without meat - focusing on veggies and fruit. When you are cooking, steam your food instead of frying… I have a facebook profile that has a ton of suggestions: s_mc71@yahoo.ca small. I hope this helps. :D

ValiD
ValiD 2010-11-12 14:05:20 -0600 Report

I agree with you. After my husband's angiogram they did find significant blockage and gave him a stent. I'm happy to report that he is now smoke free and is in cardio-rehab for the next 7 weeks. We have been talking about getting a treadmill too. Along with all those changes we have cut out a lot of bad foods. Been mostly eating whole grains and veggies and fruit.
Thank you for your suggestions they have helped so much.
V

Canadiantiger
Canadiantiger 2010-10-25 12:19:10 -0500 Report

One of the biggest problems is the fact that he smokes :(. He is actually not getting as much "exercise" as you would think. He needs to be doing at least 30 minutes of exercise a day … even if it means going for a walk (even if he starts with 15 minutes of continuous walking). These are some of the reasons it has returned.

Most foods have nutritional information on the package … watch the saturated fat: the lower the better. Meat: loaded with fat that does more harm than good. Try more chicken, turkey and fish or, I hate to say it, some meals without meat - focusing on veggies and fruit. When you are cooking, steam your food instead of frying… I have a facebook profile that has a ton of suggestions: s_mc71@yahoo.ca small. I hope this helps. :D

Insanele
Insanele 2010-10-25 07:47:56 -0500 Report

I know it is expensive to eat healthy I had 5 bypasses at 40 . add an extra veggie to dinner every night and get him off the taters ! , although sometimes it is what we put on our veggies and taters that kill us … try fish , a little low fat mayo mixed with sweet relish.on top cover with low fat ritz crackers and bake …even my kids love that. corn and peas are not good for you …they are way starchy …as for exercise , I try to do what I can but I broke my back so it is not much , I also have PAD.. so my leg feels like it's been attack by a charlie horse … walk with him as much as he'll allow , walking is something I miss extremely …prayers going out to you both …lele

ValiD
ValiD 2010-11-12 14:07:55 -0600 Report

That's a great idea to add extra veggies to dinner. I'm fortunate that my husband has been very open to change and new things. Now we just have to work on portion control.
Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers and suggestions. I'll be thinking of you and all you are going through.
V

griz104
griz104 2010-10-31 09:10:27 -0500 Report

I am 57 years old and just this summer had a Triple Bypass.. i had NEVER been in a hospital for any kind of procedure before and was scared to death.. I promised myself then that i would do whatever it takes to never come back to have another one of these.. I went for my Anginogram and when they told me i had to have a bypass i then thru my smokes out and have never looked back.. This was after smoking for 42 years! I had my surgery on June 21st and have not smoked since and every time i think i want one i go and look into the mirror and see that scar running down my chest and the urge goes away!! I have cleaned up the way i eat and am going to Cardiac Rehab now.. Still have 8 more sessions of that left then i will be going to a local gym!! i NEVER want to go through another Operation again..especially for something that i can control!! I have the ability to make my Heart healthier and stronger.. no one can do it for me..i have to do it for myself!! This is the mindset he also needs to get into.. it will make him feel better and much stronger!! Wishing you the best of luck!!