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Old 04-11-2011, 03:49 PM   #531
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:57 PM   #532
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This is cool....In the packet of stuff from the re-hab nurse is a rundown on my cholesterol and measures to improve it. My HDL is 36 and for men it should be above 40. Under the section of "Measures to improve it," it says-

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2 drinks/day
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12 oz of beer
5 ounces of wine
1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor.
Anyone wanna go out for a shot and a beer with me...A DAY?

Fyi my numbers are pretty good.

Cholesterol (Desirable numbers LDL ( HDL (> 40) Mine 36
Triglyceride (
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:41 PM   #533
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This is cool....In the packet of stuff from the re-hab nurse is a rundown on my cholesterol and measures to improve it. My HDL is 36 and for men it should be above 40. Under the section of "Measures to improve it," it says-



Anyone wanna go out for a shot and a beer with me...A DAY?

Fyi my numbers are pretty good.

Cholesterol (Desirable numbers LDL ( HDL (> 40) Mine 36
Triglyceride (
I'm in! I too noticed that my numbers went better after I started having a drink or two a day. My doctor went from mention the possibility of cholesterol and BP meds to being upset that he couldn't find anything wrong!

And this was BEFORE I started on a diet and exercise program!
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:06 PM   #534
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This is cool....In the packet of stuff from the re-hab nurse is a rundown on my cholesterol and measures to improve it. My HDL is 36 and for men it should be above 40. Under the section of "Measures to improve it," it says-



Anyone wanna go out for a shot and a beer with me...A DAY?

Fyi my numbers are pretty good.

Cholesterol (Desirable numbers LDL ( HDL (> 40) Mine 36
Triglyceride (

I WISH I had those numbers!!! I workout religiously and while, not on a completely no fat diet, am sensible about what I eat, but, I swear, I can snack on an apple and raise my cholesterol.

Doc: "Your cholesterol's up a little, did you eat today?"

Me: "Yes."

Doc: "Well, there's your problem!"

Me:
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I WISH I had those numbers!!! I workout religiously and while, not on a completely no fat diet, am sensible about what I eat, but, I swear, I can snack on an apple and raise my cholesterol.

Doc: "Your cholesterol's up a little, did you eat today?"

Me: "Yes."

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LOL!! He may have been talking about fasting before having your blood drawn.

I had borderline cholesterol and my doctor was starting to pitch some drugs. I told him no way. I'll try a diet and exercise first. Starting with addign more beer to the diet!

But my actual diet change was simply less starches and other crabs, especially sugar, and more meat and lots more veggies and fruits.

And I'm not convinced that having cholesterol in your bloodstream automatically makes your arteries clogged. You have a very large amount of cholesterol in your blood all your life. If cholesterol in your bloodstream really clogged your arteries, we'd all be dead by now. I think there are other factors involved, and of course some people are more prone to having heart disease than others, no matter their diet.
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Wow, just read up on this. Glad you are recovering well. Keep us posted!

Not trying to push the envelope on this site, but I am a Christian pastor and it's not only what I believe, but also what I do for a living, so I'll be praying for you Rev.

I love your insight on this. Thanks for befriending me via this forum and for all your help!

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BTW, it sucks you can't have a brew. For that I'm most sorry.

I have a pretty terrible heart murmur, hole about the size of a pinhole in one of the valves. I hope it doesn't lead to what you are going through, but at least I see the possibilities. Did you have a history with valve problems and/or murmur? I don't know your whole story.

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LOL!! He may have been talking about fasting before having your blood drawn.

I had borderline cholesterol and my doctor was starting to pitch some drugs. I told him no way. I'll try a diet and exercise first. Starting with addign more beer to the diet!

But my actual diet change was simply less starches and other crabs, especially sugar, and more meat and lots more veggies and fruits.

And I'm not convinced that having cholesterol in your bloodstream automatically makes your arteries clogged. You have a very large amount of cholesterol in your blood all your life. If cholesterol in your bloodstream really clogged your arteries, we'd all be dead by now. I think there are other factors involved, and of course some people are more prone to having heart disease than others, no matter their diet.
Well, that wasn't an actual conversation mind you, I do fast prior to blood tests. I've been taking fish oil tablet religiously the past few months and they've been a big help.

The cholesterol drugs alway concern me. I'm a bit worried about taking them along with alcohol. They say a couple drinks a day is fine and I can do that, but what about the occasional beer festival? Are those now forbidden?!?! Anyway, lets just say if it comes to that, I will have a lot of questions for the doctor and would probably try to restrict my already restricted diet even more to avoid them as long as possible.
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well my blood tests today once again revealed my cumiden lvl was to high here we go again they said to quit taking it for 2 days like last time which made it way to low and wound me up back in hospital LOL!!!

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well my blood tests today once again revealed my cumiden lvl was to high here we go again they said to quit taking it for 2 days like last time which made it way to low and wound me up back in hospital LOL!!!
Man that sucks. Sorry buddy, that was the biggest reason I opted for a pigs valve, and not the artificial, that and the fact that my surgeon even advised against it for the same reasons, plus natural valves last as long as artificial these days, and even if it didn't in a couple years these procedures will be non invasive and no-big deal like they are now.

So what happens while you are "detoxing" from the cumaden? Do you feel sick or anything?
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