Thursday, June 4, 2009

Heart and Diet

This is certainly something we should think about before it has a negative impact on our lives. I recently had a eye opening experience and the saga continues. I had my GP check my lipid panel. The results were not really surprising. Needless to say my total cholesterol was well over the desired range, my triglycerides were elevated but lower than my last results, HDL was within the normal range, LDL was of course much to high. You can find desirable cholesterol levels at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol-test/MY00500/DSECTION=results

I have been avoiding and finding other reasons to explain some symptoms I have been having for over a month or so. It is so easy to just contribute all one's aches and pains to MS, fibro and all the other multiple ailments. As a previous nurse I know this is not wise.

The symptoms have not gone away and and new ones have appeared. Sharp pains in my left chest with discomfort down the inside of my left arm. MS? My left side is my weakest and does cause me pain. Then the feeling of pressure in my mid-chest with feelings of palpitations. I do have anxiety problems but I knew it wasn't anxiety related. I also have a history of GERD(gastroesophageal reflux disease) but it hasn't bothered me for over a year except occasionally. I did resume my acid reflux medication last week just in case it was GERD. Ok, I knew I needed to address this issue. I do have a history of heart disease on both sides of my family. Then another symptom appears. I noticed my left leg was swollen and my left hand. I couldn't rationalize this symptom away and didn't try to either.

I saw my family doctor yesterday, reported my symptoms and voiced all my concerns. My EKG showed I had a heart rate of 46. Possible reason for increased cognitive issues recently? I don't have the results of the final EKG report. They drew lab work which revealed my cardiac enzymes were within normal limits so I haven't had a recent cardiac event. Waa Hoo! :-) I am awaiting a phone call to see when I see the cardiologist which is hopefully very soon.

I have MS so the low heart rate isn't because I am in tip top condition physically so we will explore other possible causes. Since I had received my cholesterol results I had been making a real effort to change some of my dietary habits such as to introduce vegetables and fruits back into my diet. I much prefer danish, chocolate and anything else full of refined sugar and saturated fats. Today I visited one of my favorite blog spots and it hit me right between the eyes. I do believe it truly is time for me to develop a new relationship with food.

I must admit I am frightened. My husband has heart disease and has been through so much. I know how serious these things can be. I never expected to be in this situation.

I will stay optimistic and have faith that whatever they determine is the problem will be resolved successfully. I shall leave you with this link:

“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.”
Author Unknown