Coronary Artery Disease

By Phi314 Latest Reply 2018-02-19 19:26:53 -0600
Started 2018-02-02 23:07:54 -0600

How long has it been since I've visited DC? It's been too long! I was not taking my health seriously and decided to step away from forums for a while. I'm still in the "pre" diabetic stage, but I can now add heart disease to my bio. In Dec 2017, at the age of 54, I started having chest pain and ended up with a stent in my main artery. I had 99% blockage. Now, I'm on a boat load of meds, am walking daily, and attempting to follow the cardiac diet the Heart Center sent home with me.

I am struggling with the cardiac diet as I do not respond well to carbs (both my blood sugar and weight loss suffer). I'm to limit my meat protein to 6 oz per day. They strongly encourage oatmeal. I love the stuff, but oats don't work so well with blood sugar. Between pre-diabetes, diverticulitis, and coronary artery disease, diet seems overwhelming.

Have any of you dealt with coronary artery disease yet managed to eat low carb?

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Phi314 2018-02-19 19:26:53 -0600 Report

Thanks for the input, Gabby and Just Joyce. I am finding my way, I think. I'm eating low-fat, only a little meat, and following many of the guidelines put forth in Eat to Live - which means eating plant based for many of my meals. Today was a total plant based day. My blood sugar seems to be stable (even eating oatmeal) and I am losing weight. I tend to fudge a bit on the weekend, but hubs is super supportive and helpful, especially on the weekends when we get busy and eat out more (like making sure there are healthy options on a menu).

I'm feeling really good eating this way!

GabbyPA 2018-02-06 11:04:33 -0600 Report

It does become perplexing when you are trying to work in more than one chronic condition at a time. Have you asked your doctor about what should have priority. I could not be eating the carbs in a cardiac diet either. You can increase your good fats, but you have to talk to the doctor and find out if they are of the opinion that those choices will not be trouble. It is the same when you are trying to take care of's hard, but once you find your balance I am sure you will manage. You may have to choose one as priority one and have the other take a back seat.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2018-02-03 21:55:13 -0600 Report

In March of last year I started having shortness of breath, was light headed and had chest pain. When I saw my doctor, he ordered an EKG and told me my heart was racing. I wasn't feeling a thing. Since I don't drive, he was concerned about me walking the 4 blocks home. It was the last day he was my doctor so he gave me his private cell number and told me to text him when I got home. I was his last patient for two hours.

I got home and sent a text telling him that I was home. He asked me to take my pulse and text him the results. I did and it was 130. I had been sitting for ten minutes. He called me and told me as soon as he could get through to 911 he was sending an ambulance to take me to the hospital. I told him to forget 911 I would get to the ER. He told me if I could to text him when I was in an ambulance. I called the Police Captain and told him I had to get to the ER per my doctor ASAP. A police officer was at my door less than a minute later and he took me to the ER.

The strange thing is they could not find a thing wrong with me even with my heart racing. My doctor called me and told me he arranged for me to see a Cardiologist on Monday. I was in the hospital until Saturday. The Cardiologist said he could not find anything either but ordered a catherization. The found the blockage and I had a stent put in a week later.

I was not given a special diet. I just have to take Plavix for a year added to the diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and vitamins the doctor ordered. I also had my gall bladder removed in December 2016 and because of that, I was already on a low fat diet added to the low carb diet. I eat protein such as chicken, pork, beef and eggs but I don't eat a lot of beef.

The diet will seem overwhelming if you choose to see it that way. I view it as a means of eating healthy so that I can live a little longer. Thankfully, my dear friend and neighbor is also my Nutritionist. She did my diabetic meal plan, changed it to accommodate not having a gall bladder and I never looked back.

My sister has had several mini heart attacks and the Heart Center at the hospital we use. It is a standard diet they give to everyone. Our neighbor changed it and made it work for my sister.

My advice to you is to see a Nutritionist and together the two of you can work out a diet that fits your needs. I bake all of my meats. If I fry an egg I use Pam. I eat turkey sausage and bake that. (thankfully, I have a Nu Wave Oven). I do not eat oatmeal because I don't like it. I also have all kinds of food allergies so it is challenging for me mainly if I go out to eat.

Find what works for you and you will find you will not be overwhelmed. I worry less about eating and have more time having fun doing things I like to do. Good luck.

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