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Advice on lifestyle modifications after angioplasty - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here
User :   hello doctor
User :   In february second of 2010, i got chest pain and went to the doctor and the doctor took coronary angiogram
Doctor :   ok
User :   and said that I have got 100% block in lcx and another 50% stenosis somewhere else i do not remember and he said HE had to place a stent in
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and he put a drug elutin stent in lcx on 3/2/2010
Doctor :   ok
User :   I have been taking aspirin 150, Plavix 75, atorvastatin 80, Flavedon MR, fenofibrate, nitrocontin 2.6 mg, carvedilol 2.5 mg etc.
User :   for the first five months I was doing regular walking and quit smoking and did diet changes..
Doctor :   ok
User :   but for the past three months even though I do not smoke, and take medications regularly, my diet has relaxed a little bit and i do not go for walk either
Doctor :   ok
User :   is there anything to worry about getting a second attack because of that stopping walking?
Doctor :   Yes, the recurrence is possible if you have not set in the right lifestyle modifications and continue for lifetime
Doctor :   The main recommendation to avoid next attack is regular exercise
Doctor :   The exercise is to be moderate
User :   doctor what should i do right now to avoid next attack immediately within the next few months?
Doctor :   You should not fear about the attack since you have stopped walking
Doctor :   YOu should resume walking
Doctor :   and cut on fat in your diet
Doctor :   Get a regular check up once every 3 months or as advised by your treating Cardiologist
User :   doctor, can I get a second attack despite being on all those medications?
Doctor :   Medications can help
Doctor :   But the holistic measures are Regular exercise, low fat diet, timely medicines
User :   sir, Do I have any immediate threads?
Doctor :   No
User :   Doctor, here people are saying a lot about EECP and extracorporeal myocardial revascularization ? what is your idea about them
Doctor :   Do not get into the net of such things
Doctor :   Please continue with whatever the lifestyle you got to take
Doctor :   30 min to 40 min of walk twice a day
Doctor :   or till the time you feel you have mild shortness of breath
Doctor :   Low fat diet
User :   I will follow all the lifestyle modifictions doctor, but pls your opinion about EECP as an option for heart patients to avoid bypss?
Doctor :   Why do you think about Bypass
Doctor :   As the evidence says, if a person is following the lifestyle modificaiton with correct follow up
User :   I not only worry about bypass, i even worry about sudden cardiac death and other in-stent restenosis etc..
Doctor :   he may not get a second attack for 20 to 25 also
Doctor :   years
User :   sorry to ask you this question but if I give up working on my diet and exercise by not doing them and eat whatever I want, how long will it be before I get into danger?
Doctor :   I think you should not ask this question at this time, always be positive
User :   IT is the third time I am chatting with you and you have given me always enough confidence to cope up
Doctor :   Do your best
Doctor :   A person with heart disease has to always be positive
Doctor :   He shoiuld nto have anxiety
Doctor :   He should not have this negative attitude
User :   My job wants me to work in night shift ( BPO)
Doctor :   That is why the doctors sometimes put the persons on anti anxiety medication too
Doctor :   If the profile of the job is not good. please change it or speak to your manager to put in right shift given your medical condition
Doctor :   That too you have an early heart disease
Doctor :   For a healthy heart, you please get your right sleep, diet and exercise with good follow up
Doctor :   Night shift actually can be risky because of loss of rythm in sleep
Doctor :   Very good
User :   Thank you doctor, now to ask you about my mother.
Doctor :   Nothing like it
User :   SHe is having a very low tsh like 0.01 for years and has been taking Eltroxin 100. She has osteoarthritis and high bp too
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Now she is saying she cannot sit or walk because of the joint and knee pain and she has got trembling of hands and sometimes head too.. and some giddiness too what could be the cause doctor?
Doctor :   What is her age?
User :   65
Doctor :   At this the cause could be anything
Doctor :   like Complication of High BP, complication of thyroid problem she already has
Doctor :   She immediately needs a good follow up with Doctor
User :   Should I take her to Endocrinologist for thyro or orthopedist for OA, or neurologist for tremors, I am so confused..
Doctor :   Please take her to a General Physician for evaluation first
Doctor :   If required he referes to required specialist
Doctor :   With all these problem first engage a Family General physicina
Doctor :   whom you have to go each tim
Doctor :   You do not need to Specialists every time and get confused
User :   Doctor, now back to my problem, i some times feel a slight pinching tpe of pain in the left side of my chest that goes away in seconds what could be the cause of that???
Doctor :   If the pain is not lasting for more than 10 to 15 min
Doctor :   and if the pain is pinching it may not be because of heart
Doctor :   But since you are heart patient, I suggest you to get evaluated personally
User :   thank you doctor, how much time is left to chat?
Doctor :   5 more minutes
Doctor :   I believe
Doctor :   Finally I suggest you to
Doctor :   do the following things
Doctor :   1) Eat right
Doctor :   2) Exercise regularly, 30 min each time
Doctor :   3) Follow up with docotr
Doctor :   4) Keep Blood pressure and Blood sugar under control
Doctor :   5) Check your cholesterol once in 6 months
User :   yes doctor I have been doing and will keep on doing all o them. I want to push off saying you thank you very much...
Doctor :   perfect
Doctor :   have positive attitude
User :   bye
Doctor :   and you will all be fine for next decades
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