Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 26 to 46 of 46
  1. #26
    Neo
    Neo is online now
    Dislocated Member
    Neo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 11:48 AM
    Location
    Nebuchadnezzar
    Posts
    10,442
    I always keep aspirin in my work kit, when it's 45c+ here and it feels like you boiled off the last drop of body fluid an aspirin seems to help.. thins the blood apparently. When I buy it they always ask 'for pain or for blood?' the ones for blood thinning seem to be a smaller dose.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

  2. #27
    Pedantic bastard
    nidhogg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    13,671
    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Thanks for sharing, Nid. Have you had to make many lifestyle amendments since?

    Of course, beetroot and garlic are a scared pairing when it comes to heart health; eat up.
    Thanks for all the good wishes on the thread and elsewhere, they are appreciated.

    Hmm. Lifestyle amendments. Yes, a few.

    Firstly food.
    No fat, oil (except olive oil), red meat, lamb, pork, duck, salt, processed foods, pies, pastries, cake, sugar, fried food, any type of candy/sweet.
    Lots of fruit, veggies, fish, nuts, beans, pulses and whole grains. (I think I now produce more gas than BP).
    A bit of wholemeal bread and pasta, chicken.
    A tiny bit of dairy (low fat cheese mostly).

    All of that means I now have to have a packed lunch every day, chock-a-block brim full of f*cking lettuce.

    Basically I found it easiest to follow the so called "Mediterranean diet" (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-l...t/art-20047801). That actually allows a glass of wine or beer (5 nights out of 7), which is ok with me.

    Learning a lot about "portion size". For example the allowed "portion of cheese" is "the same size as two dice". Holy f*ck. Who knew?

    I have come to the simple realization that: salt+fat equals f*cking flavour. That's it.

    In all fairness, I eat much better than I used to, partly because I have to plan a bit. Instead of taking an easy option of "sausage, egg and chips tonight", I got to plan ahead. Last night was steamed salmon, a spoonful of mashed potatoes (mashed with olive oil, no butter no milk) and half a plate of veggies (mix of four or five different veggies) and that really means half the plate of veggies.

    Tonight will be veggie curry, salad and brown rice with fruit to follow. Curry will be cooked without salt (and that means no stock cube), minimal oil and no coconut milk (that one guts me as I loooved a good rich curry).


    Lets see what else.

    I monitor my blood pressure closely. I was really proud that my previous blood pressure which was normally about 145/95 was down to about 105/65ish. The doctor pointed out kindly that "that's because your heart is f*cked you numpty".

    (the eagle eyed will note that I had a very non-diet meal last week (posted elsewhere) put my blood pressure up 20 to 30 points the following day)

    Exercise is on hold. Sadly the nidhogg ticker is still not 100% tickety boo, and I go in for a re-bore in a week or so.

    I used to walk to work, but now cannot -mainly because I have to cross a bridge, and climbing stairs at the moment are very no no.

    Main problem is tiredness. Old Nidhogg frequently needs to take a one hour nap in the afternoon. Work has been very kind, and I have a cot in an office, and everyone accepts that I retire there for a nap in the afternoon. Funny thing, was never much of a napper, but I am out like a light each time.

    So, yeah -quite a few lifestyle adjustments - but it sure as shit beats the alternative.

    One last point someone asked above about getting back to work after the heart attack. I got two days mc after discharge from the hospital. Quite spoilt me.

  3. #28
    Thailand Expat
    aging one's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Last Online
    Today @ 11:48 AM
    Posts
    15,876
    good on ya quality guy and poster. Thanks for all the details.

  4. #29
    Pedantic bastard
    nidhogg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    13,671
    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    good on ya quality guy and poster. Thanks for all the details.
    Thanks AO. There was a lot in retrospect that was wryly amusing. As i was being wheled out the OT, i said thank you and good bye to the head nurse. After a moment she said "not goodbye. See you again. Unless you change your lifestyle". ROTFLMAO.

    Just prior to that, the junior docs (big doc long gone) showed me the clot that had nearly killed me. It was the size of a f*cking pin head. Amazing.

  5. #30
    Thailand Expat

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Last Online
    21-07-2018 @ 12:15 PM
    Posts
    36,057
    Cheers, nidhogg...Good luck with it...

  6. #31
    R.I.P.
    DrB0b's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD
    Posts
    16,509
    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Of course your gonna pay for it
    I think one of Nidhogg's points was that he didn't. As a person working in Thailand at the time I've also had excellent treatment in Thai hospitals for which I paid nothing more than my monthly social security contribution.
    Last edited by DrB0b; 31-10-2017 at 09:48 PM.

  7. #32
    Thailand Expat
    Takeovers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Last Online
    Today @ 02:46 AM
    Location
    Berlin Germany
    Posts
    5,268
    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    thins the blood apparently. When I buy it they always ask 'for pain or for blood?' the ones for blood thinning seem to be a smaller dose.
    500mg as painkiller. 100mg a day for blood thinning. I tried it recently but the slightest bump against anything leaves blue marks on the skin, so I stopped it.

    BTW a while back they took frequent blood samples. Whenever I had an aspirin the blood looke markedly different. Bright light red much brighter and lighter than usual.

    Good luck to nidhogg
    "don't attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence"

  8. #33
    Thailand Expat david44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Gammel Dansk
    Posts
    12,597
    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    A banana a day stops cramp also.
    which end, I'm asking for a friend..........

  9. #34
    Thailand Expat

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Last Online
    21-07-2018 @ 12:15 PM
    Posts
    36,057
    It's not taken anally, david...Although it might relax your cramping sphincter over time...

  10. #35
    Thailand Expat
    tomcat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    7,328
    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    cramping sphincter
    great name for a band...

  11. #36
    Philippine Expat Davis Knowlton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    17,344
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Thanks AO. There was a lot in retrospect that was wryly amusing. As i was being wheled out the OT, i said thank you and good bye to the head nurse. After a moment she said "not goodbye. See you again. Unless you change your lifestyle". ROTFLMAO.

    Just prior to that, the junior docs (big doc long gone) showed me the clot that had nearly killed me. It was the size of a f*cking pin head. Amazing.
    Very sorry to hear about your medical issue, Hogg. You always struck me as a fit young man. I know from my own experience, however, how fast you can go from 'fit as a fiddle' to flat on your back. Best wishes for a speedy, full recovery.

  12. #37
    Valve Master Latindancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    10,341
    Research by a team at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta found the overall risk of dying from cancer was 16% lower among people who took a daily aspirin pill for up to 11 years, with deaths from gastrointestinal cancers, such as oesophageal, stomach and colorectal cancers, falling by around 40%. Deaths from other cancers fell by 12% on average.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...cer-risk-study


    How does aspirin prevent cancer?
    There are two theories. First, inflammation in the body causes cells to divide, which increases the risk of them mutating into cancerous forms.

    Because aspirin reduces inflammation, it lowers the risk of cancerous cells developing.

    Second, cancer cells can piggyback on blood platelets, which help the blood to clot. Aspirin thins the blood by making platelets less sticky, which may also make it harder for them to carry cancer cells and so spread the disease.
    What are the risks?

    Aspirin can cause bleeding in the stomach and bowel. This can be serious, especially in the over 70s, but rarely affects younger people unless they have an underlying condition.


    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...gest-study-yet

  13. #38
    Pedantic bastard
    nidhogg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    13,671
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Very sorry to hear about your medical issue, Hogg. You always struck me as a fit young man. I know from my own experience, however, how fast you can go from 'fit as a fiddle' to flat on your back. Best wishes for a speedy, full recovery.
    Hi Davis, thanks for the good wishes. Yeah, did not think I was that far off the curve. BMI was 24 which is in the healthy range. Now down to 23. Cholesterol already below norm, working on bringing the LDL down, as it is apparently a bit high (a bit!).

    Still, will see how it goes.

    Cheers.

  14. #39
    Philippine Expat Davis Knowlton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    17,344
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Hi Davis, thanks for the good wishes. Yeah, did not think I was that far off the curve. BMI was 24 which is in the healthy range. Now down to 23. Cholesterol already below norm, working on bringing the LDL down, as it is apparently a bit high (a bit!).

    Still, will see how it goes.

    Cheers.
    All good...although your BP would have made me a bit nervous. But I guess BP norms differ. Seemed quite high to me.

  15. #40
    Pedantic bastard
    nidhogg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    13,671
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    All good...although your BP would have made me a bit nervous. But I guess BP norms differ. Seemed quite high to me.
    Kind of a joke. After about 7 years of high BP - which the docs basically ignored, I got private treatment. Had been on blood pressure lowering meds for about 4 weeks before the heart attack.

  16. #41
    Philippine Expat Davis Knowlton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Philippines
    Posts
    17,344
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Kind of a joke. After about 7 years of high BP - which the docs basically ignored, I got private treatment. Had been on blood pressure lowering meds for about 4 weeks before the heart attack.
    Timing sucked on that one.......

  17. #42
    Thailand Expat
    katie23's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    PI
    Posts
    3,608
    Hi nidd, thanks for sharing your story and wish yougood health & happiness through the years.

    May I ask what your general lifestyle habits were before your attack? Did you drink alcohol, eat fatty foods, what were your exercise levels, etc?

    I'm asking 'cos my dad had a stroke at 58, and in his side of the family - they all died of stroke or MI. Didn't matter if thin or fat - they were all hypertensive. So I'm kinda watchful.

    I got recent news from a colleague. His relative (who had a stroke ~2 yrs ago at 48) - that relative died last year. He slipped in the toilet (his mobility was decreased due to the stroke). The head hit a hard surface, death followed. Guy was ~50 when he passed away. I was saddened by the news.

  18. #43
    Thailand Expat
    kmart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:30 AM
    Location
    Rayong.
    Posts
    9,710
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Thanks for all the good wishes on the thread and elsewhere, they are appreciated.


    Learning a lot about "portion size". For example the allowed "portion of cheese" is "the same size as two dice". Holy f*ck. Who knew?

    Fucksakes,... I certainly didn't.

    Thanks for the info and story, Nid. Hope you're on the mend and out of danger. Please update the thread as available.

  19. #44
    Thailand Expat
    Klondyke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Last Online
    Today @ 09:37 AM
    Posts
    2,893
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Kind of a joke. After about 7 years of high BP - which the docs basically ignored, I got private treatment. Had been on blood pressure lowering meds for about 4 weeks before the heart attack.
    A good lowering of BP is her available AMBES 5 mg (they have here also 10mg), taking one every day over few years, it has helped a lot, to my wide as well who had suffered under quite H BP .

  20. #45
    Thailand Expat

    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Last Online
    Today @ 10:04 AM
    Posts
    1,516
    My mother had what was described as a ‘mild heart attack’ in her 60s. As part of her follow on care she had to attend a short course about the subject. Signs, symptoms and lifestyle issues, etc.
    The young male nurse addressed the aging audience and said.
    ‘Now, about sex after a heart attack’.
    The old boy sat next to my mum put his hand up and asked, in a concerned voice, “Is it compulsory?”

    All the best to you Nid, for successful and long lasting recovery.

  21. #46
    Thailand Expat
    Troy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Last Online
    Today @ 01:20 AM
    Location
    In the EU
    Posts
    5,996
    My dad had a triple bypass about 15 years ago. He has had 1/2 aspirin a day ever since. He also walks at least 3 miles, usually early morning to get the papers. I have followed his advice and park about a mile from work and walk the rest. It has made a world of difference, not just to blood pressure but also walks off the days upsets at work before driving home.

    Good luck with your recovery nidhogg, I'm sure there's still plenty of life in you left.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •