Greetings! Welcome to the Heart disorder healthboards!
I can say what I would do to improve my health. I would agree to quit smoking. I would not use sugar as this can cause anxiety, panic attacks and depression. I would get outside for a daily walk after meals and for an hour daily as this lifts depression in some people if it is not circumstantial related. I would not go out between the hours of 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon to decrease chances of skin cancer. I would not use weight lifting for workouts or lift more than the weight of the baby or the groceries.
Of course everyone makes their own health care choices and is in charge of their own health care.
I would not use meat products as animals often have cancer themselves and by eating it there is a chance of transmitting it to you. It often contributes to cholesterol and fatty plaque in the heart anyway.
I would quit using fresh oranges and nothing but fresh oranges for three days. Eating oranges has been known to help with cravings after the 3 days are up. I would take lots of showers during this time to help clear the tobacco from the system. I would drink lots of water. Every time I had a craving I would think stop, I don't want one of those cancer sticks ever again because I do not wish to sicken and die from cancer and I want to improve my health. Cancer is very painful and I do not wish to have the pain from that disease, by stopping now and staying a non-smoker I will lessen my chances of dying from that disease greatly. When alcoholics drink they tell them to keep putting off a drink and say to themselves I can wait 5 more minutes. At the end of that 5 minutes I can wait 5 more minutes etc. never ever picking up a drink again.
I would never buy a cigarette never or the things required for it. I would throw away all ashtrays cigarette cartons, packages, ashtrays lighters etc. and vaccum all the floor, furniture, steam cleaning furniture also if possible clean all walls and ceiling with water as these will contain smoke particles that smell and may cause a person to desire another cigarette as a trigger. I would also open windows wide to help clear the air better. I would request friends and family to smoke outside and not in your presence. I would also make new non-smoking friends.
I cannot promise a cure for the thickened valve and feel sorry about it. Peace, sjb