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Apr 4, 2012 · High Cholesterol in Just Want to Talk

The most important part of lowering cholesterol is a low fat diet, especially low in trans fats and saturated fats. Look at the ‘Nutrition Facts’ posted on all food product packages and choose foods that are low in Cholesterol. Eat less than 200 mg of Cholesterol a day. Watch your intake of carbohydrates and sugar as well. Eat foods high in soluble fiber. a dietician could counsel you, or you can just go online and look up ‘cholesterol’. It’s all there.
It can be done without medication, but it’s believed that it takes three years to lower your cholesterol by diet alone the same amount that the medication will do it in a few months. Faster is better if your levels are high.
I just had a TIA (‘warning’ mini-stroke) at the age of 61 and am more worried about getting my Cholesteral levels down quickly than about how I do it. There’s nothing more terrifying than having an arm and a leg suddenly become paralysed and wondering if you’re going to go on to have a fullblown stroke, lose consciousness, or just die before you can get help. All I care about is being sure it never happens again….so I’m taking the medications as well as changing my eating habits.
So there’s still hope that you can lower it by diet alone…of course you can, but you might want to do it sooner than later just to be safe. |Heredity, age and lifestyle all play a part. Good luck and I hope things go well for you.

Apr 4, 2012 · mother in nursing home in Caregivers

I don’t know where you live, but in Canada the person who has power of attorney is in charge of money and legal issues only. That person may not necessarily be the one who makes health care decisions. The person in care (your Mom) may or may not have given someone authority to make her health care decisions….if she didn’t, then she is in charge of her own care and can make her own decisions about whether or not she stays in the nursing home, unless she is proven not cognitively able, and that’s another legal process.
She could move to an assisted living facility, perhaps, if her mobility improves. There she would be more independent, have meals and some housekeeping provided, probably hire a caregiver for morning and/or evening care assistance, and have the freedom to come and go as she wishes. If she didn’t need this kind of help, she could work with a rehab team to plan for discharge to her own home. This is how it works in Canada and I’m sure it’s similar in the US.
Emphysema is not reversible but there are medications which can help with the symptoms, as well as low flow oxygen, and some physiotherapy as well as a regular walking program may improve her mobility and allow her greater independence, which should happen whether or not she stays in the nursing home.
Hope this helps. I wish your Mom all the best; healing and her independence.

Apr 4, 2012 · Dementia perhaps in Brain & Nervous System

I don’t know the answer, but this must be devastating for you. I assume she’s had a myriad of blood tests to rule out various conditions? Perhaps if she is able to comprehend how this is affecting you, she may agree to further testing? The only thing I can suggest is to get another opinion….and another…and another, until you get answers. I wish you the best.

Apr 4, 2012 · I would like to hear from anyone who has HCM in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

You must have been diagnosed by a Cardiologist? He or she should be spending some time with you so you understand the problem, any available treatment, prognosis, and followup needed. If this isn’t happening, ask your |GP for another referral and second opinion. Good luck.

Apr 4, 2012 · Side effects of statins in Heart & Blood Health

Am on Lipitor and no side effects. Did have slight nausea and headache from Plavix (blood thinner), but Tylenol helped with the headache.