Monday, October 19th, 2009

Heart Health


Dr. Madhukar Shahi, Sr. Interventional Cardiologist at Artemis Health Institute, answers

I am forty-year-old healthy male who was diagnosed with hypertension one and half year back. Since then I’ve been advised Storvas 10 and Telma AM every morning. I have been on a healthy diet and have lowered my intake of non- veg foods, which includes egg. In the last lipid profile (three months back) my triglycerides were on higher side and HDL was on borderline. My LDL cholesterol is within limits. I started morning walk and also began playing golf. But, my cardiologist says they won’t do me any good, and I should undertake any exercise that will make my heart muscle work harder, so much so that I should become breathless. Now I skip for 300 times every day and by the end of the session I’m breathless. Am I doing it right, or I’m just disturbing my neighbours? Please clarify.

I hope you are not on a zero fat diet. As far as your Triglycerides are concerned, the best way to lower them would be vigorous exercise, cutting down on sugar and refined carbs and generally eating more protein and reducing carbs. Stopping eggs is not a good idea since they are an excellent source of protein, and actually eating eggs does not increase blood cholesterol. Raising HDL is a more difficult proposition. However, the best way would be to exercise vigorously as you are doing, eat moderate amounts of poly – and mono-unsaturated fats found in nuts, a little red wine with meals ( if you drink alcohol!) and using a combination of atorvastatin and niacin medications. You could consult your cardiologist on this.

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