My Mr. Wonderful has had two heart attacks before the age of 35 and is constantly at risk for more. He is 6'3 and 190lbs, works in a factory 5 days a week 8 hours a day. His condition runs in the family and took his grandfather's life in 1983.
We have both been under quite a bit of stress as of late and he mentioned that he is having chest pains that are beginning to worry him. Scary!
Should I stick the family on a more strict diet to try to prevent him from having a 3rd heart attack.. will that even help at this point? We eat pretty well as is but will it help?
Clearly we are seeking medical help from a doctor but the next appointment is over two weeks away due to his crappy medical insurance and who accepts it.
I did google and try to find a correct answer but everything I was looking up was post heart-attack talking about a recent event not a precaution with his condition.
Asked by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on Jun. 2, 2011 in Health
The DASH diet is likely the best option for him. Here's a link with the basics. The DASH diet is recommended for anyone with any kind of cardiac issues, and it emphasizes a diet primarily of fruits and veggies. He needs to get active and get rid of trans- and saturated fats. Get rid of any processed foods in his diet. The excess sodium is terrible for him, and fresh foods have much needed potassium, which also helps to lower blood pressure. He needs to be STRICT about his diet and exercise. No one can control hereditary factors, so all you can focus on are lifestyle factors. No smoking or drinking, reducing stress (even yoga would be good). Good luck!
Answer by musicpisces at 5:42 PM on Jun. 2, 2011
Here is more information about the DASH diet:
Answer by musicpisces at 5:44 PM on Jun. 2, 2011
Answer by musicpisces at 5:50 PM on Jun. 2, 2011
Answer by AllAboutHealthy at 3:12 PM on Jun. 3, 2011