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I asked my cardiologist about CoQ10 a few weeks ago (i have a tissue mitral valve), and he said to "take it if it helps." I plan to try it soon, but have a few other supplements, for other issues, that I will introduce first.
My mom had aortic valve replacement surgery last January so I wonder if she should be taking CoQ10? She is not on statin drugs but has issues with triglycerides.
Please let us know how you do with CoQ10. BTW, mom is an O+ nonnie.
I'm really enjoying this thread as all of these questions are providing me with the opportunity to review what I'm doing and why, and what I might also do. And it gives me the opportunity to share what I've learned.
I'll certainly report back on how I like using CoQ10. You might like to check out valvereplacement.org and the comments on their forums. I used this site a lot following my surgery, and less so now. But I have not been using it in regard to supplements, but after looking at the site this morning I'm going to do so going forward. Of course, don't expect the same level of diet awareness we work from.
For those helping others, there is a section of the forums just for you.
I had 2 Surgeries in 2011, one to repair the mitral valve following endocarditis, the second to replace it with a tissue valve.
I am leading a very active life now with no restrictions or medications, and my attitude is very positive. For I know that I will have another valve surgery, and the best thing I can do to prepare for that is to enjoy life fully, exercise regularly (cardio, strength and flexibility), eat well, supplement wisely and maintain good oral health.
With love and gratitude to all the family, friends, doctors and nurses that helped me.
Prunella, I had a sternotomy both times. My scar is about 6inches long, and I have given away all of my V-neck clothes. Which kind did you have? And if you want to be more specific about what is difficult for you, I will certainly respond. Use a private message if you wish.
For me, at 3 - 4 weeks, I was dealing with pain and depression. The depression lifted once I started cardio rehab, primarily because I was out with other people and had something positive that I could do to improve my health. the second surgery was harder as it was almost 6 weeks till I could go to cardio rehab. The pain simply gets less and less overtime.
Will you be going to a cardio rehab program?
What benefits are you receiving from CoQ10? Did you begin taking it before or after your surgery?
SWAMI tweaked Explorer Super Taster from Illinois Kyosha Nim
Location: Lombard, Illinois (Chicago suburb)
Hi Spazcat, I was on vacation so I’m just seeing your post now. I live in Lombard, IL. We have the National University of Heath Sciences on Roosevelt Rd (Rt 38 ). http://www.nuhs.edu/ It has a clinic where the students practice under the guidance of a doctor for less cost or you could see a ND who is practicing there. That’s where I go when I need some medical attention outside of what I have to go to a MD for. The ND is not a BTD practitioner, but the ones I’ve seen know about the diet and respect it.
I am B- NON-Sec Explorer; my son is B+ SEC Nomad; my Mother was O+; and my Father was AB- SWAMI Thanksgiving present 2008 Revised from Arlene B- NonSec to RedLilac on 3/31/06
Thanks RedLilac! I didn't know that school/clinic existed. Great to have these resources in the area. TCM intrigues me, and I used to visit Chinatown regularly to see an elderly Dr. there and have customized blends of herbs prepared...it was quite an experience! The constraints of time and money got in the way and I haven't been back in many years.
I was hoping to find a practitioner to do Swami Pro with my son, but have since bought Swami Xpress and went thru that with him. Grateful he turned out to be an Explorer, lamb and turkey are superfoods and most soy has been demoted to neutral. And of course we share many types of fish as well. Yay! Easier for me when it comes to cooking. Peanut butter still a superfood, good thing 'cause he really likes it.
Still don't know secretor status, but I think we are going to test hubby. If he turns out to be a nonnie, will answer the question for all bio kids. If not, oh well. We'll gradually test everybody.
This has been a very informative thread for me! Learning a lot about how to help my son best support his health and his heart. Even if he decides to do his own thing ultimately, at least I can arm him with info., and certainly work on keeping the house stocked and cook with good stuff for him.
I have taken CoQ10 for many years, before I even realized the impact of heart issues on my overall well-being. I kept having problems with bleeding gums and my ND recommended it.
NanJoy, I will start cardio rehab in mid-May. I hope I love it. I have thought about qigong but cannot find a local class. I had hoped to take a small trip with my Chicago sister to soak up some sun and walk rehabilitatively on a beach, but by the time I am well enough to travel it will be spring in New England. Thanks for the link to valve replacement.org. I pm'd you with details others may not care about.
Oh to be young and recovering like spazcat's son!
The sun, with all those planets around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Prunella, Glad to hear you are going to go to Cardio. If you can't find Qui Gong, perhaps you can find Tai Chi or Yoga? Spring has come to the mountains here in NC, and it makes all the difference. It's been a long, hard winter for so many. I love walking on beaches. Thanks for the CoQ10 info. I don't have that problem, but will try it soon for other reasons. I've responded to your personal message.
Spazcat, you're doing so many positive things for your son! I'm so glad he is doing so well.