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Stent placement after heart attack. Overweight, smoking addiction. Any advice?

My uncle suffered a heart attack three years ago. They implanted three stents. His EJ was 30%. Last night he suffered another heart attack. The stents were damaged as he did not take pill to Maintain stents. He does not have insurance. He had a successful surgery and replaced h 3 stents. But now is EJ is 10%. He is 58 years old. He is overweight and smokes can quiting smoking increase the EJ rate? How can he improve his EJ? If you take follow doctors orders how long can a person live with such a low EJ rate.
Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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Hi,
Welcome to HCM ,
after stent placement medicine is must , your uncle must take medicine regularly ,
quitting any form of tobacco is definately help to improve out come of any patient so motivate your uncle to quit smoking completely ,
adopt healthy life style ,
dont eat heavy , eat small but more frequent ,
eat healthy food ,restrict salt intake ,
avoid undue strain , and physical activity ,
please take your medicine regularly and please keep in regular touch with your cardiologist ,
many patient will improve with healthy life style and diet and with medicine and your uncle will also get benefit .
take care
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