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How Can Irregular Bowel Movements After An Heart Attack Be Regulated?

my mother-in-law had a heart attack recently. her bowels have not regulated themselves yet. she takes a bowel softener everyday along with prune juice, sometimes this works but more often it doesn t. she is on a bunch of different meds and we are scared to give her anything else. she is not getting the relief she needs do you have any suggestions? she is also a diabetic.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016
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Critical Care Specialist 's  Response
Hi, I understand your concern and try to help you. After a heart attack the intestinal rhythm can change pattern, but most medications for the heart are not affected by the care that facilitate defecation.

There are several treatments to facilitate defecation, both the use of medication, as changes in eating habits. An example is to increase fluid intake, especially water, and eat foods high in soluble fiber, walk for 30 to 40 minutes daily. All such care can facilitate defecation.

About medication, the best are concentrated soluble fiber. On the other hand, those which cause irritation in the intestinal mucosa should be avoided.

I suggest you look for a proctologist and a nutritionist to help the multidisciplinary management for your mother-in-law.

Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help you. Wish you good health.
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. Mahmoud Hassebo's  Response
1st Your mother has to soften her diet by increasing vegetables , bran , some times olive oil is Ok , but she has to add medicine if no response as straining is forbidden for cardiac patients .

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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. Mahmoud Hassebo's  Response
first to start by diet softeners but if no response >> to add laxatives as prolonged constipation with straining is prohibited for any cardiac patient .
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How Can Irregular Bowel Movements After An Heart Attack Be Regulated?

Hi, I understand your concern and try to help you. After a heart attack the intestinal rhythm can change pattern, but most medications for the heart are not affected by the care that facilitate defecation. There are several treatments to facilitate defecation, both the use of medication, as changes in eating habits. An example is to increase fluid intake, especially water, and eat foods high in soluble fiber, walk for 30 to 40 minutes daily. All such care can facilitate defecation. About medication, the best are concentrated soluble fiber. On the other hand, those which cause irritation in the intestinal mucosa should be avoided. I suggest you look for a proctologist and a nutritionist to help the multidisciplinary management for your mother-in-law. Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help you. Wish you good health.