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Matt1973
Thu, May-10-12, 12:07
Is there anyone on board that is going low carb with a heart problem? I have had 2 cardiac oblations over the past 3 years the last one was in September 2011. I am fine now with no meds and a good heartbeat. My issue is that I need to loose 100lbs, lower my blood pressure, and I am pre-diabetic. I have tried numerous food plans and excersise to loose the weight with no success. Low carb seems to be a good choice however it does get a bit complicated.
Any thoughts?

Nancy LC
Thu, May-10-12, 12:14
Search for posts from the user name pennink. She had (I think) cardiomyopathy and was given 5 years to live. She reversed her condition with low carb.

Low carb is pretty simple, IMHO. I suppose, if you don't know what carbs are and where they lurk it might be confusing, but once you learn that it couldn't be more simple.

Elizellen
Sun, May-13-12, 04:50
Welcome to the forum, Matt. :wave:

I agree with Nancy - Atkins is pretty simple at the start - only eat foods on the allowed list till no longer hungry and you won't go far wrong ;)

And Dr Atkns was a cardio specialist so I am sure he developed his way of eating to benefit his patients.

patriciakr
Sun, May-13-12, 05:13
Is there anyone on board that is going low carb with a heart problem? I have had 2 cardiac oblations over the past 3 years the last one was in September 2011. I am fine now with no meds and a good heartbeat. My issue is that I need to loose 100lbs, lower my blood pressure, and I am pre-diabetic. I have tried numerous food plans and excersise to loose the weight with no success. Low carb seems to be a good choice however it does get a bit complicated.
Any thoughts?
Hi Matt,

I was already doing CALP when I developed atrial flutter this past January, had an ablation done and was frank with my cardiologist as to how I lose weight (he wants me to lose all the weight I need to lose - so I have another 140 lbs. to go). He basically said whatever is working for me, though he wants me low sodium, caffeine free and low saturated fat. I'm doing 2 of the 3 :lol:
I am also pre-diabetic and find that eating a lower carb diet has helped with that very much, and kept me from tipping over into full blown type 2 diabetes in the years since I was diagnosed. Oh yes, and I have high bp too :) So..I empathize, and am comfortable with having chosen this as the way I lose weight and improve my health.
Best wishes to you!

Matt1973
Mon, May-14-12, 08:14
With potassium being critical for steady heart rhythm and function how do you get enough on Atkins. I watch the sodium,drink all the water, and eat a mix of proteins. My BP seems to be on the rise and so does my heart rate. I am trying to avoid a trip to the Doc's. I have lost 6lbs in the 1st week however today I seem to be retaining major fluid. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Nancy LC
Mon, May-14-12, 08:24
Usually you lose a lot of fluid on Atkins, so it's puzzling why you're retaining.

You can always by salt substitute and use that. Even spike your drinks with a wee bit of it. But don't go too crazy. Too much potassium isn't good.

Kirsteen
Mon, May-14-12, 16:09
Hi there, I have read that in the short-term, the stats such as blood pressure can get worse before they get better on low-carb, so I guess you just need to keep an eye on it in the meantime. The fluid retention hopefully is just a temporary issue which will quickly resolve itself.

Jimmy Moore's podcasts are a great source of information on low-carbing, and he has done quite a number of interviews with different cardiologists and heart surgeons. The majority of his guests come from the field of medicine or scientific health research, and they really know their stuff.

http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/

Dr. Davis has a great blog, and he's very generous with his time in answering queries by posters:

http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/about-the-author/

Jimmy also posts his projected guests in advance, so if you had specific questions you'd like to ask, then perhaps you could send in a question to one of them.

Jimmy also has Low-carb conversations sessions which are full of interesting information too..

http://www.lowcarbconversations.com/

Best of luck with your diet.