May 4, 2009

Hubby Going to the Heart Doctor This Week

This coming July, it will be 2 years since my husband suffered a heart attack, and had to have stents "installed" in two of his arteries. I shared the story in a few posts as it was happening back then, here are links to part 1, part 2, part 3 and the final post.

In the past couple of months, we have noticed that, even though he is walking every day and doing his best with diet, and keeping his diabetes under control the best he can, he has been experiencing a little shortness of breath. So needless to say we're a bit concerned, and hoping all will go well. I do feel badly for him, it is such a big job and responsibility to take care of yourself when you are a diabetic.

A few tips that we hear over and over, but can never hear enough related to caring for the heart:

  • Do some low-level exercise if you are not in shape enough to do more, moderate aerobic exercise is best for the heart.
  • Walk laps at a mall, some of them have indoor exercise walking areas now. My daughter uses a treadmill.
  • Do chair exercise...search online and you'll find plenty!
  • Swim, outdoors or indoors.
  • Do some muscle toning exercise with elastic exercise bands.
  • Try to exercise for 30 minutes as many days a week as you can.
  • Build up gradually if you haven't exercised in a while.
  • Warm up and cool down properly when you exercise
Updated 3/21/16

2 comments:

  1. Claudia - I sure hope your husband gets a good report from the doctor. I recently discovered I was having blood pressure issues - of course, I found it out at the dentist so it might be a case of "white coat snydrome", but I've switched to decaf coffee, cutting down salt and taken other steps to lower it.

    Though I love being a baby boomer and love everything retro - I'm not fond of this part of it all!

    Hope all is well!

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  2. Thanks, my friend. We went for the appointment, and he has to have a nuclear stress test and echocardiogram. He's had this before a few years back.

    God for you for eliminating the bad things from your diet and lifestyle!

    Thanks for your thoughts and wishes.

    Claudia

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