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Casien protein taken while on Heart medication
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commanderdusty posted:
I have a question about Casein Protein. I have been reading that Casein Protein is good to take at night and one of the reasons, is that it takes a long time to digest and therefore because when you are sleeping, it is the longest time the body goes without taking in any nourishment it is beneficial to your body. I have a completely blocked RCA but the good part is that my body has given me a natural bypass and the cardiologist says that the collateral arteries are very good. I continue to work out but not at the same level I use to. I take an aspirin (81 mg) along with TIAZAC each night to control angina and keep my blood pressure low. My question is that if I want to take Casein protein at night (I have read that it goes into a sort of gel in your stomach) do you think that will interfere with my heart medication?
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"Do you think that will interfere with my heart medication?"

Most important, please consult with your doctor. Your local pharmacist may/can be helpful as well.

"I have a completely blocked RCA but the good part is that my body has given me a natural bypass and the cardiologist says that the collateral arteries are very good. I continue to work out but not at the same level I use to."

"I take an aspirin (81 mg) along with TIAZAC each night to control angina and......"

For those unfamiliar, coronary artery collaterals (a natural development, a gradual process, one's own "bio-bypass" or "natural bypass" so-to-speak) involves tiny (rescue or backup) vessels, that connect two larger coronary arteries or different segments of the same artery. These vessels provide an alternate route for blood flow to the heart muscle (myocardium) when called for in an emergency.

Those who have well-developed (and open) coronary artery collaterals are the lucky ones (as my father was), because this form of blood supply helps protect the heart from an attack, or limits the damage to the heart muscle from tissue death if/when the normal blood supply is totally cut off (100% blockage).

The main drawback is that these collaterals are not really meant to carry the whole load of the heart, though they may/can provide significant blood flow in some individuals.

These vessels seldom delivers the same amount of blood flow that the unblocked native artery or arteries originally did, but the blood flow may be/can be enough to ease/reduce chest pain/discomfort in some individuals and reduce the risk of a serious heart attack or death some time later on.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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