After a process of elimination

I am being referred to a cardio doctor today. I was also perscribed potassium to go along w/ the lasix I’ve been taking. By the way I’ve had swelling on and off – my legs and feet. sometimes it’s been so bad I could hardly walk. We should be getting down to figuring this all out w/ the cardio doctor coming up!
At last today is my first day joining this blog. It’s the last place i thought I would find myself….but here I am.
Take care

I have been posting the same message in a lot of heart forums

that i subscribe only because I am uncertain what to do since the health system here is not that great. Does anyone know if the following is anything to worry about for someone who had the bypass in November of last year- swelling in the right foot resulting in excruciating pain and also symptoms of shivering/feeling cold. He also says it seems like gout however the whole foot is swollen and not just the toe.

Thank you for your reply

I am very familiar with Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory for sports injuries and as an anti-inflammatory. I did not realize that it is a blood thinner.

What does the acronym EECP actually stand for azithromycin 250mg generic zithromax?

Also, I would assume that one would take turmeric more than once a day, and take a good standardized extract? Also, herbs work better on an empty stomach, I’ve always read.

I am not sure about ginger and cayenne. I know they are warming herbs, but my mom has Irritable Bowel Syndrome too, and these may be too irritating for her system.

I will look into turmeric. If you can point me to any research sources or materials online, that would be wonderful.

Thank you!! :-)

Annie, Turmeric the spice is vitally important for your mother!

I know it is cheap and simple but if you do some research on the net you will find that it boosts the immune system and more importantly acts as a blood tonic and THINNER. Combine that with ginger 50-50 and thrown in some really hot cayenne about 5% of the mixture. I mix it with my daily low fat yogurt but you can encapsulate it as well. When I mix it with the yogurt I do it at the very top of the container so that after I eat it, I can eat some yogurt mixed with oat bran and fresh fruit. Oat bran is very important to keep the cholesterol level down.

I eat this everyday.

Don’t depend entirely on the cardiologist, as he will likely scoff at this but I know it works because I have seen the results under a microscope on many people, myself included.

You might also think about EECP treatments for your Mom as well. If you don’t know what they are, mention it to your cardiologist and do some research on the net as there is a lot of coverage there for it. Basically it helps generate growth factors and stem cells to grow new blood vessels. I think this not only helps the heart but other organs as well. I know it flushes the kidneys real good and quick, because even urinating before treatment, you have to afterwards as well. That is several hours of kidney work rolled into a one hour session, so you know that the blood is really moving through all the organs quickly.

A cardiologist in Turkey told me he uses it for stroke and if he can get the stroke patient on the machine during the stroke, there is often no damage from the stroke. He told me they also use it for congestive heart failure. I did EECP in Turkey and Germany, but the treatments in Turkey were better. I liked living in Germany better however.

Anyway, use the ginger, turmeric and cayenne as it has no adverse effects, not even risk of adverse bleeding as it allows the clotting process to function unless you take abnormally high amounts. You only need a couple of grams a day of mixture. The cayenne increases circulation and may increase heart rate a little.

Hi Annie

I am very sorry to hear about your Mom. I do not have any experience in what she is going through so I am sorry, I don’t have any advice or suggestions.
I will keep your Mom in my prayers. Please keep us posted.

My name is Annie, and I just joined this Blog and really need help

My mother was admitted to St. Joseph’s hospital in Tuscon with labored breathing and high pulse. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and has excessive fluid build up around the heart. She was tentatively diagnosed heart disease.

Her treating cardiologist is telling us that they cannot do definitive tests to diagnose exactly what happened until the pneumonia is addressed, but she thinks that she suffered from congenitve heart failure, possibly a myocardial infarction (am I spelling this correctly?). They did an ultrasound of her heart and lungs, which led to the diagnosis of pneumonia.

They are telling us that due to her pneumonia that they cannot get a blood draw, due to low blood pressure or pulse (I have to speak to the cardiologist again to get clarity on this).

I have many questions and am hoping that this group and help. I’m just starting to research this on the web. I’ve asked about the nurse to patient ratio in the ward that she’s in and they tell me it is 1:7.
She is very, very weak. I am trying to make sure that they have a complete list of medications that she is taking to avoid the possibility of a drug interaction. They are administering a diuretic medication right now to decrease fluid around her heart. Her heart is enlarged, apparently. My mom also has IBS and Hepatitis C. They do not have her in intensive care, which makes me nervous. Firstly, I need to know:

1) What questions should I be asking her cardiologist?
2) What kind of tests should she be given to accurately ascertain the condition of her heart?
3) What courses of treatments are there once a diagnosis is given?
4) Are there any medications that I should watch out for as possibly problematic, or that might result in bad drug interactions?
5) What kind of second opinion should I ask for? From another cardiologist?
6) Are there any other questions I should be asking?
7) What shall I ask them about not being able to get a blood draw from her? This makes me suspicious, frankly.

My mother does not have private health insurance. She lives in a nursing home and her medical care is provided by Medicare.

I am in California and thus trying to coordinate care from long distance until I get there. Naturally, I am very very terrified right now. My uncle died in a Tucson in hospital a few years ago due to pneumonia gotten in hospital, and he received substandard care, which contributed to his death. My father also died of heart failure in 1998, mostly due to lifestyle factors.

Thank you for reading this, and any and all suggestions and help are welcome.

I’m very holistic in approach to medical care, so am wondering, if she recovers, what can be done as a complementary adjunct to her acute care.