1 - I've been fairly quiet on here, although did contribute a little some months back. However, my resting heart rate (over night, during sleep) has risen from 59-65 to 70-75 over the last month or so.
I had an echocardiogram a couple of months back, which showed my ejection fraction lower than before I had my op (mitral valve prolapse: 40% vs the current 29%) BUT my private GP says that you can't base much on ejection fraction alone, as it's multi-factorial. I would agree, based on the fact that I am well able to play badminton and do HIIT exercise on my cycle (though limited to 130bpm so I don't go back into Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).
I'm following the advice of my integrated medicine doctor, which is a Paleo-Ketogenic (PK) diet, who in turn bases her treatment on Dr Stephen Sinatra, who has a 95% success rate in raising ejection fraction using what he calls 'the awesome foursome': CoQ10 Ubiquinol, L-carnitine, D-ribose and magnesium. The COMBINATION of these 4 enables the body - and especially the heart - to raise the energy available to more effectively pump the blood. This is way preferable to prescription drugs and all the side effects of them, in both the short and long term. ACE inhibitors and Beta blockers are NOT suitable, IMO (and those folks who are anti big Pharma, as I am, as I know there ARE better ways to deal with bodily conditions. But my resting heart rate over the last month has increased without any clear indications as to why. Any ideas? (I don't snack late at night; I wear blue-light blockers and use an 'earthed' bed sheet, as well as being 'earthed' at my computer, and eat a very healthy diet (high grade saturated fat, which is what ketogenic is all about, NOT carbs nor especially glucose (sugar).
2 - Before my op I'd already lost 10kg, and was at my perfect/ideal weight: 85kg vs my former 95kg (but I'm 6' 4", so never been overweight). But SINCE my heart surgery (minimally invasive/keyhole) I've lost yet more weight, and down to 77kg (75kg at one point, which is bordering underweight for my height), and I CAN'T seem to put any weight on now!
My blood pressure is 108-110/77-80, and the ONLY prescription drug I'm currently on, but slowly weaning off, is Ramipril, at a minimal 1.25mg dose. I can safely reduce the amount I'm taking, as my blood pressure is in no way high or the unhealthy range.
3 - I'm also a 59-year-old guy and otherwise very fit for my age - BUT can't now cycle like I used to before my op as I puff more easily. CAN I ever improve on this, given that I must keep my heart rate below a mere 130bpm?
Thank you everyone in advance for this. Much appreciated :-))