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Ketogenic Diet And Heart Failure
Can on follow Atkins diet with a fatty liver and high ALTs? Atkins diet involves eating high amount of fats and very low carb
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Is it important for people with congestive heart failure to avoid fats and refined sugar and carbs?
Yes and no: It's important for everybody, including people with chf, to avoid bad fats (animal fats, trans-fats), refined sugar, and simple carbs. A balanced diet includes mono and poly-unsaturated fats, complex carbs and starches and protein, all in moderation. Folks with CHF should avoid salt which promotes fluid retention and htn, and should aim for normal body weight. ...Read more
For someone with congestive heart failure due to high blood pressure and obesity (no plaque buildup), what's a healthy and safe rate to lose weight?
Safe weight loss: Most weight loss in the first days after treatment of congestive heart failure is water weight and may result in several pounds per day. Once your doctor determines you are at normal body water, you can begin to lose fat weight, and most recommendations limit this weight loss to 1-2 pounds per week to avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies. ...Read more
Heart failure: Heart failure means that the heart is not pumping effectively enough to meet the body's needs. There are many reasons this happens, including heart attacks, valve problems, and heart muscle diseases. The treatment depends on the cause. Some kinds of HF are entirely reversible, and others are not but can be improved with the right meds, diet, and treatments. ...Read more
Can heart failure or low cardiac output be associated with protein deficiency and how to best recover? Bnp=300 & protein 5.8g/dl
Heart failure : Right sided hf can lead to swelling of intestines and then poor nutrient absorption. This can go along with abdominal bloating. If this is happening or if you have difficulty breathing with exercise, you need more water taken off. I like to use (lots of) Aldactone (spironolactone) for this. Also check to see if you are losing protein in your urine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating and taking meds, but total cholesterol, non-hdl cholesterol, bilirubin, and creatinine levels high?
How high?: Slight elevation in creatinine may be due to increased muscle mass, dehydration, increased protein intake, but should be evaluated by your doctor. Slightly elevated bilirubin may be a "normal" variant or the effect of vigorous excercise. High cholesterol and non-hdl cholesterol may need additional intervention by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Amyloid : Is not related to dietary intake.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a person with cardio, high blood pressure, diabetic and kidney problems use chlorophyll plus guarana?
Will low carb eating with mostly greens, small protein, and fruit lower resting heart rate? Lost 12 pounds. From 70-80 to 50-60?
Healthier: sounds like you are getting healthier - generally a lower pulse is present in healthier folks ...Read more
Non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Told to eat high fat, low carb? And what are the #s of (low carb)
60 grams QD or so: No sugar, keep carbs to about 20 per meal. This is the equvialent of a slice of bread or an apple, 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup spaghetti per meal fatty liver is caused to a large degree by the production in the liver of triglycerides in the process of storing sugars. Fructose is the worst of the sugars because it cannot be directly burned in the krebs cycle must first be stored as trig by liver. ...Read more
No: Once a blood vessel gets bstructed the reversal process it s almost impossible. There is a remodeling taking place in the vessel lumen that can lead to recanalization but not very often.. Usually the ischemic changes dont allow the remodelling process to take place in a timely fashion manner. But exercise and diet can prevent further blockages. ...Read more
Extremes: I believe it is better for most to eat nearly everything in moderation instead of going on an extreme diet. I don't see how getting ketosis, which may reduce your appetite, can be good for the body. As for the high fat, too much saturated fat is likely harmful because it promotes inflammation. If you must, try unsaturated fat. ...Read more
Vegetarian high protein diet for tuberculosis and my sugar is on borderline and having high blood pressure?
Choose your options: Talk with your physician about whether being a vegetarian is the best choice for someone as seriously sick as yourself, and whether perhaps you might at least take dairy / whey protein and/or eggs. Being a diabetic itself presents challenges; salt restriction may be necessary for managing hypertension; be sure to comply with your TB meds. Good luck. ...Read more
Have BP 130-150/70 BPM 50-65. Is this too low a heart beat rate? Am 68 yr old female. Have BP that varies 130-150/70 and heart rate 50-65. Is this too low a heart beat rate? I exercise a lot and have weight under control; lacto/ovo veg diet with some fi
Your : Your BP should be closer to 130/70, systolic BP of 150 is too high. You can try decreasing the salt in your diet, or you may need a change in medication. Also note that a common side effect is diovan (valsartan). As far as your heart rate is concerned, less than 60 is considered low, however if you are physically fit, your resting heart rate can be low. It sounds like your cardiac wrk up was completely negative therefore i don't feel your heart rate is an issue. I would focus on getting better control of your bp. Please follow up with your doctor. All the best. ...Read more
In some cases, yes:
There are some very small studies that suggest that ketogenic diets may increase the risk of arrhythmia in children with epilepsy by increasing the QT interval on the ECG.
There are no large studies of good quality that I am aware of that definitively show similar risks for PVC's or PAC's in otherwise healthy people. ...Read more
Possibly: During the phenertermine scare several years ago, certain valvular disorders as well as pulmonary artery hypertension were associated with its use in weight loss regimens. Heart failure was a possible result. Some older diet pills are variants of amphetamines, which is a "sympathomimetic". Chronic use of such agents can lead to cardiomyopathy that may result in heart failure. New agents better? ...Read more
If I used diet pills like all the gals in the 70s, am I at risk for heart failure later in life? Should I be tested?
Yes: Many studies have shown that individuals that consume fewer calories, more fruits and vegetables and less saturated fats tend to have lower risks for cardiovascular disease. Low-salt diets have also been recommended for people at risk for heart failure. Exercise, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake also helps reduce cardiovascular risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm having the hardest time losing weight. I have heart failure and I've literally tried everything diet,exercise for 3 years now,what should I do?
Heart failure : sorry not enough information to advise you specifically. Best course is to discuss with your doctor(s)with all your information and ask their recommendations. ...Read more
Husband has been diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis caused by heart failure. As his caregiver what can I do to prolong his health? Diet? Prognosis
Get second opinion: Heart failure seldom causes advanced cirrhosis without a previous stormy course. Perhaps there has been confusion or a miscommunication. The prognosis depends on the cause of his heart failure & liver disease the combination of cirrhosis and heart failure makes me think of missed hemochromatosis -- if that's the diagnosis, he may be curable. ...Read more
I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?
I'm taking a percription diet pill call phintermine which is the generic brand of adapex. I've had success with this med but i'm worried about possible heart failure in the future. My heart looks good now and my doctor has no concern with me taking it. Sh
Relax some: Two decades ago there was much concern over the association of taking the combination of phentermine & fenfluramine in a rare form of heart damage. Taken by itself, it is not a problem. It is good they have been monitoring your condition, but I would not loose sleep over it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have extra genetic mutations for breast cancer & heart failure What's the likelihood that these genes will turn on & can I use diet to keep them off?
Complex genetics: Recommendations on gene mutations are best given by a medical geneticist, who needs a detailed understanding of the exact test that you had done and the detailed results. Many gene mutations cause a loss of function so you don't necessarily want to turn off the mutated gene. Modern genetics is discovering many genetic markers that convey only small risk of disease, and may require no treatment. ...Read more
Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc) ?
Need the whole story: A blood pressure reading of 120/70 (especially if a one-time reading) has no special meaning by itself, because it happens in normal healthy people, in people with "mild" diseases, in people with "serious" diseases, in people with heart problems, and in people with no heart problems. The only way to tell is to get the whole picture of what is happening with a particular patient. ...Read more
Drugs and HF: There are several drugs used to treat specific types of cancer that are associated with the development of heart failure. The most common are doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and trastuzamab. This doesn't mean that they should not be used but that their use should be carefully monitored. Alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines can also cause heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: Most patients with heart failure can live a long life nowadays. It depends on how severe it is. Factors that determine how long you live are:1. How severe it is 2. What is the underlying cause 3. How good is your treatment 4. How compliant you are with the treatment 5. What other illnesses you have 6. How old you are so find a good doctor and do what he advises and you should be around a while. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Heart healthy diet particularly low in salt and exercise training can help improve heart failure. However certain medications such as beta blockers, ace or arb and Aldactone (spironolactone) improve survival and should be taken if so advised by your cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fatigue/short breath: Due to decreased heart function and output, patients of CHF are fatigued and short of breath with slight exertion. Their thinking may be less sharp in these situations. However, at rest in patients with mild disease, they may feel and think just fine. Severe exacerbation may be associated with panic, feeling of drowning and impending doom. When worse they fade into loss of consciousness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Right heart failure: Right heart failure refers to weakness or stiffness involving the right ventricle or lower chamber as opposed to the left ventricle. This causes a unique constellation of symptoms including swelling in abdomen and legs, liver malfunction, weakness and shortness of breath. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms rt heart fa: Rt sided heart failure is due to long standing high blood pressure in pulmonary arteriesand right ventricle of the heart.Symptoms are shortness of breath and lightheadedness during activities, chest discomfort or pain, swelling of feet and ankles.Symptoms of underlying cause wheezing and cough and fainting spells with activities. ...Read more
Common risk factors: Many of the risk factors for heart dz is also risk factor for systolic heart failure. Uncontrolled blood pressure , heavy drinkers, family history, previous heart attack. Post partum with history of systolic failure with previous deliveries. Severe valve disease like mitral regurgitation and aortic stenosis.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more
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