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enchanting_eyes posted:
Hi, my husband had a heart attack 4 days ago, he has 2 stents that were put into the RCA. im new to this any information on cooking, carring, or what my next should. would be greately apprecated. thank you
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BillH99 responded:
Here is a good place to start.

It has a section on cooking.

Also make sure that his doctor makes a referral to Cardiac Rehab.

There is will start exercising under supervision to build up his strength. And also discuss lifestyle changes such food and managing medicines.

In addition the hospital might provide a meeting with a dietitian and/or a support group.
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

Most noteworthy, after a heart attack has occurred, one should know his/her left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). This is the amount of blood pumped out of the left ventricle (LV) with each beat.

Normal resting range (LVEF is 50%/55%-70%/75%. Under 50% enters into the realm of heart failure territory that goes from mild to moderate to severe.

Cleveland Clinic

Understanding Your Ejection Fraction

Coronary stents (drug-eluting or bare-metal) are only a Band-aid or spot-treatment, as this doesn't address the disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression) condition, requiring a continuum of care.

Good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding is so very important, essential at ALL times.

Best of luck to your husband and you down the road of life.

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Living with Heart Disease

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

When you have CAD, it is important to take good care of your heart for the rest of your life....

This is especially true if you have had an interventional procedure or surgery to improve blood flow to the heart..../It is up to....

Recognize the symptoms......

Reduce your risk factors......

Take your medications......

See your doctor for regular check-ups......

Coronary artery anatomy

Starting with the LAD, the most critical, next to the ultra-critical LM.

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Heart-Healthy Foods

Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Choose skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. Limit servings to five to seven ounces a day. Trim visible fat. Limit egg yolks. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. Use less salt and fat. Season with herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter

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Good to know, for the primary/secondary prevention of heart attack/brain attack

Epidemiologic studies have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel, or emerging) for atherosclerosis, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation), diabetes (highest risk factor), smoking (includes secondhand, thirdhand), inactivity, obesity, hypertension, high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, LOW HDL (less than 40 mg/dL, an HDL level of 60/65 mg/dL or more is considered protective against coronary artery disease), high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).


Cardiac Rehab

Typically, cardiac rehab plays an important role in the overall recovery process, which is DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE, and at any age.


Cardiac Rehab

Mayo Clinic

Cardiac rehab: Building a better life after heart disease

Mended Hearts

Hope for recovery. Hope for a rich, full life.



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