Quote from arvc:Hello! I am a 35yo who is 236lbs and 5'8". I have major heart problems. Nothing caused by my weight. I have been within a normal weight range up until about a year and a half ago.I have gained about 75 pounds in that time.I have whats called arvc/arvd it is fatty tissue that takes over the heart muscle. You are born with it and there is no cure! I have an advanced form and have a pacemaker/defibrillator and my heart races even with meds sometimes. This leads me up to now, I can't do alot of exercise. My heart can race just by mild walking. I am going to have to do this on my own and lose the bad eating habits. Problem is that I have always been able to eat what I want and be active. Now I still have the need and the want to eat. I like to eat and won't lie. I do try very hard to lose weight but always seem to fail at it. You would think with my health on the line it would be easy, but it's not. I recently went to my reg. dr. and repeated cholesterol testing which was good in Dec. 05 and now is terrible for a heart patient. My total chol=295, my good chol=40 which is to low. In addition to being on several beta blockers I am now on Crestor. How does someones cholesterol jump that much? Yes I did fast before the test. How do I get the courage and the will to stop eating to much? I hate being big! I have been about 145 most of my adult life, and 115-120 in high school. What do I eat to get a good amount of weight loss without over doing it. I don't want to lose 50lbs. in a month but I do need to lose about 20-25 in a month. I do not want to suck broth or drink slim fast. I'm not a big veggie eater. I guess if I had to stand accountable often to someone it would help. I am not rich and can not afford to spend $50-$100 just on food for me a week. I really must lose atleast 70 pounds within about 4 months to take the stress off my heart. Please help a mom of 3 children to lose the weight or atleast give some good advice. I feel that it has been by the grace of God that I have made it through all I have. I am an easy going person, I love life, laugh even when I don't feel like it, smile, and etc. I realize to some my problems of sudden weight do not compare to a lifetime of struggling. Thanks for your advice.
I didn't know you didn't know! sorry''
I apologize for being so blunt and straight with you, its a reality and not a fantasy , what I'm about to write.
and by all means do I mean this for you/and please don't be offended or more scared than you probably already are, you keep up your courage girl and you will get through this sad time in your life and never ever give up faith and hope.
you know they do open heart bypass tripple bypass now days like its regular routine, 3 or 4 hour surgery now days.
if they can do open heart bypass and take the heart all the way out of your body with another heart-pump keeping you alive, ...my point would be why can't they take the fat sack around your heart off? or the problem your having? I understand the heart does fit into a protictive coating tho?
I know thats a complicated problem you have but it just seems if they can take an artery out of your leg and use it to bypass a stopped up arerty's, they should be able to take that fat off around your heart?
they do take the heart out and place it on your chest while they make the bypass.
maybe your problem is different? and other complications prevnted it? I am not sure on this?? but just from what other people and Dr's have told me through the grapevine.
maybe theres some type nucular medcine you can take to disolve it?, or certain kinds of meds to do away with that ''arvc/arvd???
thats why I suggested rehab, the foods they put you on and the certain types of exercise, getting your heart to do what its suppose to be doing...pumping....and they probably want your RHR ''resting heart rate'' to be like 45 -60? But your condition maybe different from some one that has clodded artries??
I guess your problem is more complicated than some one with cad or artery desease?
My neihbor had to have his heart cut out for a heart valve? pig ear? thats what he told me...I never heard of that one before?
anyone don't be affraid if they have to do surgery on you, that heart surgery now days is getting to be a rountine thing.
as for as dieting try lower calories, that way you can still have the foods you love just not has much as your use to eating. try to cut everything in half that your eating now and try drinking lots of water. at least try to cut your calories to at least 1200/1400 a day.
ask your Dr's what type of apitite suppressant would be safe for you to at least try?
if you don't have the finances to pay insurance ect,,ect,, just get on the fix me now pay later plan...(but seriously I hope you do have some type of insurance to help you out...you do need to stay around for those kids of yours and to see your grand kids.
I wish you all well...God Bless.