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Coronory Heart Disease, Elevated Cholesterol and a Gluten Free Diet

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:14pm 2 Comments
In the wonderful days of the summer that we didn’t have, I had a rapid introduction into the world of heart attacks, the awfull ones that come right out of the blue, leading to an instant diagnosis of Coronory Heart Disease (CHD). Nobody ever expects a heart attack, but when it arrives a whole raft of lifestyle changes are often needed for the person that has the heart attack and also the partner and family, who suddenly become paranoid about their own heart-health



The risk factors for CHD are: smoking, obesity, alcohol, elevated blood pressure levels, elevated cholesterol level, high stress levels and a genetic predisposition to the disease. Of course, like most diseases, no one risk factor is involved in a patients disease, but usually a combination of more than one risk factor



After the heart attack and before leaving hospital patients are given a whole raft of information from the British Heart Foundation , which combined with the use of their website has been invaluable in the days and weeks that have followed until now! I've also been using the Heart of the Matter blog , managed by Ilva , Joanna and Michelle



Following on from the heart attack, I became a bit paranoid about my own heart-health. As a result of that, I saw my general practitioner (GP) to have my blood pressure checked and a full blood screen for cholesterol, diabetes etc. What do you know – I have elevated blood cholesterol levels, this means that I have to reduce the saturated fat levels in my blood, or I'm going to land up on medication too. My GP has kindly given me six months to try and reduce it with diet manipulation before she prescribes!!! And guess what! I dont want to go on medication, so I'm reducing what little saturated fat that is left in my diet



Bearing in mind, I already live on a gluten free diet, which now has to become a low fat, high fibre gluten free diet. You can now expect this blog to become more health orientated over the coming months, with some of the existing recipes changed to become lower in fat. Haha! Just to increase the challenge a bit I may even try and make it lower in sugar too



Exiting days ahead!
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. I gained lot of weight in past 10 years, and I got a distinguishable tummy. I was already having diabetes, but was bit careless as I was mostly concentrating in my business. This carelessness cost me heavily in future. As I was gaining the weight, at the same time, I was unable to balance my cholesterol level. It used to fluctuate heavily. But because of my carelessness, I wasn’t attentive to my health issues, as they were creating hindrance to my work. But at some extreme points, one day I felt some hard beatings on my heart. Suddenly, my heart used to pump vigorously. And there was no point happening that as I was not doing any stressful or physical work. It got worse with time. I was really frightened with the amount of beats it was pumping. It would have been almost double and that also quite hard. I felt dizzy, and suddenly caught a severe headache. And especially, I was having a great amount of pain on my left wrist. I was really helpless at that time. There were no people around, no phone, no one to be called. The only thing that I was able to do was to try to be calm and wait for any help. Somehow, I managed to survive that day. But from that day I was really conscious about the health. That moment was like an alarming signal for something very deadly to happen. I immediately consulted a physician in Los Angeles, where I was staying because of some business work. They suggested me to have some basic cardio test like ECG, etc. I got those test at Elite Health medical office in Los Angeles. It came to me as a shock that I need to have my advance test, as the cardiologist doubted to have a blockage in one of the ventricle. Then they took my advance tests like stress test, Echo cardiogram and MRI. The result was that I was having a 60% blockage in one of the left ventricle, and was in the danger of having heart attack. I was astonished to hear that. Then I got the medications and operations after 3 months. Then I got enrolled in one of the wellness program from same elite health where they used to monitor my health issues round the clock. You can find some more info from www.elitehealth.com/executive_corporate_programs.php. Right now I am quite healthy, taking a lot amount of care regarding the diabetes and heart issues. My weight is also under my control now with the help of reality diet program where the doctors of elite health discuss my current health status and recommend steps for improving my health and dietary habits.

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