I had some chest pains last week, was taken to a hospital and given a stress test (on a treadmill). They said I might have some blocked arteries, and sent me to another hospital for an angioplasty.
The angioplasty went in through my wrist, and they cleared 2 blockages, one of which was over 90% blocked that they put a stent in. There was a smaller artery which was less than 50% blocked that they decided not to do anything with.
There are 2 more blocked arteries which they couldn’t get to because they were too twisty. I am going back in 2 weeks and they are going to go in through my leg to try to clear them out.
My question is what can I do to prevent this from happening again and take care of myself? I was smoking about a pack a day, and smoking a fair amount of weed. I bought an electronic cigarette, which does seem to take the worst of the cravings off. I am going to ask my doc for a patch, the nicotine chewing gum, or whatever else will help me off the cigs. Can I still toke a bit or is that a big no-no like the cigs?
I have a fairly physical job that involves a lot of walking and moving around and light to moderate lifting.
I really need some advice on diet and what to eat/avoid. About 6 months ago my wife and I started trying to eat healthier. Less going out to eat and more home made food, healthier snacks, etc. We’ve both lost around 30-40 pounds in the last 6 months or so.
We have been stocking up on fruit and nuts and eating that for snacks. Apples, oranges, grapes, cherries, and bananas mostly. Mixed nuts and raw almonds, a handful or two every day. We have always tried to avoid processed food (tv dinners and canned food), fried food, and fast food but now we’re going to try to cut that stuff out completely. We make a lot of dinners ourselves, fresh meat, fresh veggies, etc. Chicken is good, we make a lot of different chicken dinners that are pretty tasty.
But I do like my beef. Is beef bad, or can I have it in moderation? We like meat loaf, burgers, various cuts of steak and chops, roasts, etc.
I like cheese, but that’s bad, right? I put cheese on a lot of things but I could learn to live without it.
I’m not a big soup or salad eater. If I eat salad I have to put dressing on it, and the low fat dressings usually are not worth it.
I’ve been introduced to sushi last year and have been on quite a roll (heh) with it lately. I like the little rolls of rice with salmon or yellowtail inside, quite delicious and there’s a place nearby that makes them really good. I don’t put anything on them, no soy sauce, wasabi, or anything else. Are these good or bad for you?
We also like Mexican food, Italian, and Chinese quite a bit. It seems to me that most Chinese food is bad because of the sodium? But most Mexican food seems like it would be ok without the cheese. I don’t know if Italian food is good or bad with all the tomato sauce and pasta.
So does anyone have comments or helpful advice? I would like to stick around for a while…