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Posted by Claire
on August 11, 2000 at 17:47:56:
In Reply to: Re: heart posted by tfylan (screen name) on August 11, 2000 at 16:09:56:
: : hello i just found out that my heart is enlarged(lvh)and i am scared to death the doc said it was not severe but i needed to change my lifestyle can anyone give me some reasureance to make me feel better?? REPLY Well i hope you had someone with you when you were told That news might have given you a heart attack There are quite a numbe r of websites about heart and there are many persons with heart trouble I suppose you will have to have plenty of rest and fresh air and regular feeding for a start Also perhaps you will have to eat bland foods so that your kidneys will not be strained Maybe also lots of fluid but not tea or coffee Probably it is best not to STRAIN any other part of you so that your heart won,t be overloaded with work Marey,s law of the heart says the heart will get larger and work harder the more it has todo ie th emore that is demanded of it??? Maybe that is not quite correct but just a general idea of what is happening to your heart Maybe you are working AND playing too hard You must have a good Drto diagnose BEFORE you have a heart atack You might have to have ground up or liquidised food for a while to avoid more blood having to be pumped to your digestive system That is just conjecture but it is trying to be positive thinking for youu ,otherwise you might panic From Fliveya (screen name)
Oh my goodness! I want you to know there are many people on this message board who can give you advice. I am a 29 year old also recently diagnosed with an enlarged heart. Mine is a little further along in the process, and I can fill you in on the things the docs have told me.
You do want to eat a HEALTHY diet. A diet low in sodium and fat. DO NOT, please DO NOT drink a lot of water. I was a fitness instructoe and I was told to always drink a lot of water. That is NOT the case when it comes to a person with heart problems. You do need to drink water but not a lot. It will put too much work on your heart to get it out of your system. That is also why you should limit your sodium intake. You need to put less stress on your heart. You should moderate alcohol consumption because it does make the heart work more. Exercise and do what your docs tell you to do. Everyone is a little different and we all have different rules to follow. Keep a POSITIVE ATTITUDE and BE HAPPY! GOod Luck!
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