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   Posted 1/2/2011 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a question. My boyfriend's mom said that her heart is fine, that her heart doesn't have any problem so she can eat foods such as bacon. I'm quite puzzled by this as:

She takes medicine for high cholesterol.
She takes medicine for high-blood pressure.
She had surgery to get a pig valve transplant.
She had surgery to get heart bypass surgery.
She had a stroke.

Here's her reasoning:

She doesn't have high cholesterol or high-blood pressure as long as she takes her medication every day. Besides, all people over a certain age have to take medicine for lowering their cholesterol. It's natural for the body to produce too much cholesterol after 50.

She had surgery for the pig valve transplant so that part of her heart is now fine.

The bypass surgery was only done because the doctor's did the pig valve transplant surgery. She didn't "need" to get bypass surgery.

The stroke was the doctor's fault. He didn't let enough oxygen go to her brain.

What do you think? Do you think her heart is fine? And if not, what would be your reasoning?

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   Posted 1/2/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I have never heard of a cardiologist doing  surgery that was not needed.    Also the anesthesiologist is the person in control the anesthesia. If your boyfriend has concerns re his Mother's surgery he should talk with her.

Salt is made up of sodium and chloride. Sodium intakes should be restricted following surgery. Sodium can contribute to fluid retention, making the heart work harder. The American Heart Association guidelines recommend intakes of no greater than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Foods with an elevated sodium content included ham, bacon, luncheon meats, canned foods, seasonings, tomato juice, crackers, chips and other salty snacks.
I know you want to be helpful but HIPPA laws prevent you from talking to your boyfrien's mother as her health problems and surgery are protced by the privacy act. 
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   Posted 1/2/2011 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Kit,

Thanks for answering. My boyfriend doesn't have concerns about his mother's surgery. They knew ahead of time that she was going to get the bypass surgery. First they found out that she would need the pig value transplant. Then they found out that it would be good to get the bypass surgery and since the doctor told was going to do the pig value surgery then he might as well do the bypass surgery at the same time. I forgot the reason but there was some valid reason as to why it would be good for her to get the bypass surgery. She probably had some blockage of some sort. My boyfriend's mom is just in denial about needing to take responsibility for her own health and that her really bad health is due to her lack of exercise and eating habits. She looks like a very fat upside down L. She sits in her lazyboy chair all day long, orders people around, and thinks that everything can be fixed with meds and surgery. I wouldn't mind it so much except that my boyfriend seems to feel that his mom's and dad's health is the norm. Yesterday, my boyfriend told me that doctors routinely prescribe medicine for cholesterol once people hit 50. He is 51 and is taking meds for both high cholesterol and high-blood pressure.

I don't know whether or not this is true. I have low-blood pressure and normal cholesterol, and I'm 49. Is it normal for people over 50 to take meds for high cholesterol?

I said, "What about diet?" He replied that having to go on a special diet would be too restrictive. So I looked up diets for reducing cholesterol. I didn't feel they were too restrictive. What do you think? Are the diets too restrictive? And how well do they work at reducing cholesterol?

I was quite upset the other day. I went over to their house with my boyfriend and his daughter, who is a vegetarian. They kept commenting about how the dish they made would have tasted much better with real bacon. They really want their granddaughter to taste meat. They think that if she knows what meat tastes like, then she will eat meat like they do. My response was that they shouldn't be eating bacon anyway. Both my boyfriend's mom and dad have had heart bypass surgery. His dad had double bypass surgery a few years ago.

Of course, my boyfriend's mom was upset when I told her that she shouldn't be eating real bacon anyway because of her heart condition. That's when she got upset and told me that there is nothing wrong with her heart, that her heart is fine. Now my boyfriend thinks his mom's heart is fine.

Post Edited (subdued) : 1/2/2011 7:10:20 PM (GMT-7)

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