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Anyone ever try to gain weight on a heart healthy diet? I’m 6’5” and less than 170#. I just came off of a year and a half of being the full time caregiver for my wife who died of breast cancer March 29th. During the time she was on hospice care I had two heart attacks, I think they were stress related. My cardiologist said the way to determine if food is heart healthy is if it tastes good don’t eat it.
 

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Anyone ever try to gain weight on a heart healthy diet? I’m 6’5” and less than 170#. I just came off of a year and a half of being the full time caregiver for my wife who died of breast cancer March 29th. During the time she was on hospice care I had two heart attacks, I think they were stress related. My cardiologist said the way to determine if food is heart healthy is if it tastes good don’t eat it.
My father, after his heart attack, asked his cardiologist what food he should eat. The cardiologist said if it tastes good, spit it out. I figured that being Dad was 80 when he had his heart attack he should eat what he wanted. He lived to 100.
 

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Take this for what it’s worth but check into keto and the medical information behind it. It’s not so much the fat in food but the sugar in food that causes coronary disease. Again, don’t take advice from me but check into it.
 

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After heart surgery I was put on a blood thinner which necessitated cutting out 2/3 of my diet .... mostly healthy stuff ... legumes, berries, leafy green vegetables. After a while I learned that my readings for blood density (red cell count?) were lower than all the staff (I asked,) while the staff was still trying to get my blood thinner.

I asked and was told that yes, there was no solid science on how thin to get each person's blood to prevent even the slightest possibility of stroke or clot .... so they went to extreme. better I should bleed to death from a bruise i guess.

I stopped the drugs and went back to better eating. No issues after eight years.

A lot of the scare talk doctors give is just that -----I M O-----because to most doctors, the ideal life is to have a patient wrapped in bubble wrap, duct-taped to the couch, getting IV drips for nutrients. The idea that people actually prefer to Live life seems foreign.

Again, ignorant opinion, but it seems that Excess is the issue. Every diet needs some fat---you body needs fat. Your nerve sheaths are fat, your cell membranes are fat-based. You can't live without it. And sugar--sugar is the essential cellular fuel. Cells burn glucose, and everything get's broken down to glucose so long as you are working your body.

It is the excess that builds up in veins and arteries, converts to body fat, whatever.

I'd ask for opinions--as Nigal suggests. I don't even play a doctor on TV. I give out free advice because that is what it is worth. But if I were in your condition I'd probably go for more protein, a little less fat and carbs, and make sure i wasn't eating more calories than I was burning. At your age muscle gain might be slower than you are used to but there is no reason you cannot get your muscle back.
 

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Anyone ever try to gain weight on a heart healthy diet? I’m 6’5” and less than 170#. I just came off of a year and a half of being the full time caregiver for my wife who died of breast cancer March 29th. During the time she was on hospice care I had two heart attacks, I think they were stress related. My cardiologist said the way to determine if food is heart healthy is if it tastes good don’t eat it.
I can't speak to healthy eating habits, but I'm sorry for your loss.
 

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After heart surgery I was put on a blood thinner which necessitated cutting out 2/3 of my diet .... mostly healthy stuff ... legumes, berries, leafy green vegetables. After a while I learned that my readings for blood density (red cell count?) were lower than all the staff (I asked,) while the staff was still trying to get my blood thinner.

I asked and was told that yes, there was no solid science on how thin to get each person's blood to prevent even the slightest possibility of stroke or clot .... so they went to extreme. better I should bleed to death from a bruise i guess.

I stopped the drugs and went back to better eating. No issues after eight years.

A lot of the scare talk doctors give is just that -----I M O-----because to most doctors, the ideal life is to have a patient wrapped in bubble wrap, duct-taped to the couch, getting IV drips for nutrients. The idea that people actually prefer to Live life seems foreign.

Again, ignorant opinion, but it seems that Excess is the issue. Every diet needs some fat---you body needs fat. Your nerve sheaths are fat, your cell membranes are fat-based. You can't live without it. And sugar--sugar is the essential cellular fuel. Cells burn glucose, and everything get's broken down to glucose so long as you are working your body.

It is the excess that builds up in veins and arteries, converts to body fat, whatever.

I'd ask for opinions--as Nigal suggests. I don't even play a doctor on TV. I give out free advice because that is what it is worth. But if I were in your condition I'd probably go for more protein, a little less fat and carbs, and make sure i wasn't eating more calories than I was burning. At your age muscle gain might be slower than you are used to but there is no reason you cannot get your muscle back.
I use the MyFitnessPal app and log wvery single thing I eat and it really helps a lot. In the keto community there’s a lot of “calories don’t matter and are meaningless” but that is simply bullshit. It helps with portion control as well as shows me my total macros for the day. Great tool.
Health and weight are managed in the kitchen and fit
 

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My insurance company just called me to review all the medications I am taking. They were surprised I was taking two drugs usually used for high blood pressure when I have below normal blood pressure.
 

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My insurance company just called me to review all the medications I am taking. They were surprised I was taking two drugs usually used for high blood pressure when I have below normal blood pressure.
I'd be surprised at my doctors .... my old doctors, the ones I no longer visited .....
 

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I use the MyFitnessPal app and log wvery single thing I eat and it really helps a lot. In the keto community there’s a lot of “calories don’t matter and are meaningless” but that is simply bullshit. It helps with portion control as well as shows me my total macros for the day. Great tool.
Health and weight are managed in the kitchen and fit
Calories are literally the point of eating. Matching calories ingested to calories burned is the trick .... and exercising at the right time (and eating right thereafter) so that calories go to rebuilding rather than getting stored (as fat.) I did the "tracking everything I eat" for a few years, but I pretty much have a sense of what's up ... when my cravings over power my better knowledge .... but mostly i don't exercise enough to lose much weight. Losing weight by not eating is pretty hard ... you have to not eat a lot .....
 
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