Hi Tony, Luella may. Merry Christmas!!!! I am a long time cure zone reader, I got stuck in the hospital after Thanksgiving with heart attack symptoms. It was very likely stress related because the family gathering turned into a political brawl, which upset me greatly. I wound up with left arm pain, and tightness in my chest, ended up in the ER because no md's were around to check me out on Black Friday. After charging medicare a lot of money, and a bunch of very fancy tests, the cardiologist bullied me into having a cath procedure for my kidneys and heart. He told my husband I had a blockage in the artery to my kidney, and a blockage to the dorsal artery to my heart, which he removed. I found a decent cardologist when I got out of the hospital, because I didn't ever want to talk to this guy again because he was such a jerk. The new cardiologist told me that his notes were poorly written, and because I have a slightly elevated ldl cholesterol (131), he prescribed a Statin drug, which I haven't yet started to take. Evidenly the notes indicated that I have a 'tortuous artery' which nothing can be done about, as causes the tightness and pain. He also said that it would hurt, but not cause a heart blockage/attack, and my heart was in good shape.
I really don't want to take the statin drug, because they seem to have so many nasty side effects. I don't want to take anything that could potentially increase my chances of dementia. I've had prior brain trauma from a skiing accident many years ago. What alternatives do i have to lower my cholesterol? Or should I not worry about it? I am also on losartin, which seems to help quite a bit, and a diuretic, which I really hate and skip quite a bit, unless I can tell my blood pressure is too high. (I have a home machine, plus when my bp is up ,my eyes pound).
My other issue is that I've been on a low sodium diet for a year, and I keep getting electrolyte imbalances. At 65, most people in my family develop hypertension, and they generally do better the more they stick with a low salt diet. I think I have been too much of a salt nazi for my own good, I was pretty horrified at how much refined salt was in a couple of foods that I ate regularly. The labeling is really very misleading unless you read it with pretty good math skills and a microscope. What to you think is a reasonable salt intake daily for someone like me?
I know this is a lot of questions, but all I can say is that the American Medical system is a horrible money making machine. I basically got threatened into tests I didn't understand, and got told that I would be released against medical advice if I didn't co-operate. (which would have potentially left me with a large hospital bill.) I was on the cardiac floor for 4 days, and literally it was so short staffed that I had to get nitro for my room mate who had severe chest pains, had called for the nurse, who did not respond. One man was screaming in pain all night, I still feel badly that I could do nothing to help him. This was what is considered to be the best hospital in the area. By the time I had to make a decision about the cath procedure, I was so exhausted from the stress of just being there that I was unable to stand up to the bullying cardiologist. I did figure out what was going to be done, because i had my laptop, and I found it on Youtube.
I gave up on managing my blood pressure naturally about a year ago, it got up to 180 over 90, and started on the losartin then, which actually seems to be a pretty good drug, if there is such a thing.
Since the procedure, I have been tired, but I'm slowly getting better...
Thanks in advance,