Posted 13 July 2005 - 12:37 PM
Good Morning! Just my own 2 centavos worth, as a layman (di po ako doctor).
I experienced a mild heart attack last year (april 19 to be exact). after that I followed the doctors orders of diet and no smoking (the latter part, am still trying to quit). After researching the internet this is what I found out.
High BP is caused by a number of factors:
1. plaque buildup on the arteries
2. genetics - due to constricting of arteries or minor flexibility of arteries (the ability of the arteries to expand and contract). Don't have an answer for this one.
For number 1, what i do is to make sure that fiber is included in my diet (daily). Whatever you eat, there will always be a fat content. Obviously pork and red meat has the highest. As food is processed in the body, the body breaks down this fat. As it passes through your intestines, the fat gets lodged sa mga singit-singit ng instestines mo, which in turn get absorbed by the body sooner or later. As I understand it (please, will someone correct me if I'm wrong), the bofy processess this and this is what is called LDL (low density lipoprotein or Bad Cholesterol) This enters your blood stream and gets lodged in the singit-singit of your arteries naman. This is what they call plaque. First, to eliminate the fats in the intestine, you take in fiber. cause fiber acts as like "scoba" and cleans your intestines. As for the plaque in the body, try to increase your HDL and lower your LDL. to remember make sure your Hdl is HIGH (in number, as per blood test readings) and your Ldl is LOW.
Exercise: for those of you who have led a sedentary lifestyle, start slow. preferably a 15 mins brisk walk (around the neighborhood). if after a month, you feel bored, increase to 30 mins. the increase should be in the time frame (mga 15 mins increment) not in the pacing. Remember, you want the heart to work but not over exert it. With this way, theoretically, with the blood flowing the plaques will slowly be removed from your system.
Smoking: Defiitely a NO-NO. Many people hear that smoking is bad for your health. How bad? You have all read that it causes Lung Cancer, Emphysema, Throat Cancer, yada, yada, yada. But you ask, what's in it for us BP guys? The chemical contained in cigarettes constricts the arteries. So kung medyo malaki yung plaque mo and the arteries are constricted, you know what'l happen.
Diet: As I mentioned above, fiber is important in my diet. Low-salt too. Why? to avoid Water retention. Meaning eating salty foods make your body retain more water than necessary, which in turn dilutes the fat in your body making it easier for it to travel all over inside of you. I, personally, have oatmeal for breakfast, nothing added, just sugar to taste. Muesli is okay, pero magastos naman. For lunch, 2 pieces of sandwiches. Whole wheat bread, with tuna (no mayonnaise) on olive oil, very little salt (to taste) and parsley, with lettuce. Dnner - 1 cup rice (walang dayaan, pagsinabing 1 cup, 1 cup). and whatever ulam ang naluto. I always make sure that their's fruit on the table. Eto na ang minatamis. Try to avoid (if you can) chocolates, cakes, those exotic pastries. but if you crave for talagang matamis 1 serving of biko.
following this, I was able to lower my LDL level from 180 to 70, and able to maintain it.
Syanga pala, I don't take vitamin supplements except for Vitamin C (500 mg/day). Please look carefully at the contents of your vitamin supplement. Kung may Vitamin K, try to avoid taking it. My doctor says that Vitamin K increases the heartbeat. I see it in Gatorade and other "energy" drinks.
Again, just my 2 centavos worth lang po. Feel free to contradict or add. we might learn something new.