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Old 07-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Weak Heart?

I just returned from the chiropractor. I trust him, and in a few months, he has helped me move from constant pain to nearly pain-free. That said, he did a nutritional analysis on me and said that my heart is really weak and that it is working very hard to take care of me. I AM incredibly out of shape, but have no known heart conditions. So now, I'm curious....has anybody else been told this? Can it be corrected, or just improved? How long did it take, and what did you do? (BTW, I'm not freaked out, just wanting to engage in some conversation about this issue with others who may have experienced something like this.) Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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there are some areas where chiropractors work wonders, but I would take any comments one made about your heart with a grain of salt. I can't think of any reason this would be true. good luck!
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:25 AM   #3
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This is medical advice and advice from a Chiropractor about your heart I wouldn't trust because it is NOT his specialty. You need to see a specialist and fairly quickly.. If you are having heart issues that is nothing to mess around with.. I have issues on both sides of my family and if my mom had not gone to the doctor when she did (she was 99% blocked) she would have dropped dead according to the doctor if she would have blocked just 1 more percent.. Not just had a heart attack. My grandfather died of heart failure.. My grandma (moms mom) had 2 heart attacks.. I had an uncle that died of a heart attack 2 years ago and my sister had a stress test a couple years ago and they said she had a mild heart episode sometime in the past. There are so many things that can be done these days.. don't wait till something bad happens.. Though I don't take much stock in a chiro's opinion if he is right you need to be seen and soon. I'm not trying to scare you but so many of these heart issues can be corrected and if people wait and don't get check out then it may be too late.

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Old 07-16-2013, 01:20 AM   #4
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I would like to second Cheri's advice to see a cardiologist and get checked.

It may not be anything at all, but it's always great to know that, too. When I had cataract surgery, the anesthesiologist told my surgeon that I had a 'heart problem' and needed to see a specialist ASAP.

I was very frightened, but I was thoroughly checked (and followed for several years), and my cardiologist concluded that the anesthesiologist was completely mistaken. I have a healthy heart.

Despite the worry I experienced, I'm glad this happened because I probably would not have had such a thorough check up otherwise.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:35 AM   #5
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I"m curious, how does a nutritional analysis lead to a diagnosis of "weak heart"
If your over weight and seriously out of shape, it's not a giant leap to assume that your heart health could stand some improvement.
The ole standby of nutrition and exercise would be a good place to start.
As said by others, if you think your heart health is an issue then I would definetly pursue an exam by a cardiologist.
Interesting post, please let us know what you decide and how it goes.
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As the others say, I will check with your GP or a cardiologist
Good luck to you! I am sure you will be fine
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:03 PM   #7
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I'm very curious what he based his "diagnosis" on....the fact that you're out of shape? There are so many factors involved in diagnosing the health status of one's heart....blood pressure, a complete lipid panel, family history, blood sugar levels, age, shortness of breath upon slight exertion, lightheadedness, chest pain, arm pain, jaw pain, etc. The fact that you are overweight and out of shape may be a negative, but it certainly does not point to a diagnosis of "weak heart". As others have stated, if you have concerns please see a cardiologist or start with your family doctor who will examine you and order blood tests and refer you to a cardiologist if he deems it necessary. I wish you good luck!
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Thanks to all who replied! I appreciate the feedback so much! I agree that heart issues are nothing to mess around with, but I also understand the limits of a chiropractor's area of expertise.

My risk factors: I AM overweight, but not morbidly so--my musculature allows me to carry more weight than most. I AM out of shape from two years of being sedentary (brought on by excruciating gut pain, cured by low carb...funny how that works.... starting to move again now! ) I have a family history of heart disease, but none led to early deaths.

The chiropractor tested blood pressure laying down and upon rising for a comparison. He also tested some sort of pressure points. I take this with a couple grains of salt (instead of just one)--only because he has told me about other problems I've had (by testing this way) without my mentioning them.

Here's my game plan---it is almost time for an annual follow-up with my GP. I will bring it up with her and see what she says. At my age (50), it's time to start paying more attention to the ticker!
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:06 PM   #9
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Please keep us posted and again, good luck to you!
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:55 PM   #10
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Thank you Ronnie---I will!

Cheri--I'm so sorry for all of the problems your family has experienced! All of that would definitely make you pay attention, as it should. I deeply appreciate your sharing in that way, and I have taken it to heart.
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A simple electrocardiogram (EKG) can be done at an urgent care clinic and can identify major issues. There is a blood test called the Corus CAD Gene Expression test which can predict the liklihood of a cardiac event based gene expressions in the blood. I had one done. It's pricey (Over $1K) so make sure your insurance covers it).

I also had a echocardiogram and stress echocardiogram done too. My Dr. friend says anyone over 40 should have this done every three years.

These are the only ways I would trust to diagnose a "weak" heart.

After clearance from your doctor, seek out a personal trainer who can put you on a heart-rate based cardio interval program. The improvements to your cardiovascular health will be unbelievable. WHen I first started doing this 6 months ago I could barely keep my heart rate above 150 for 2 minutes. Now I can keep it above 155 for 60 minutes and burn 1,000 calories an hour. This, combined with resistance weight training and low-carb eating has allowed me to melt away fat, retain muscle, in be in better cardiovascular shape than I was in high school..... I'm 42 now

Start out with low-resistance machines like ellipticals. As the weight comes off you can progress to stair climbers or treadmills. You don't want to damage any connective tissue and derail your efforts. For cardiovascular fitness it's all about getting your heart rate into your customized zones (identified with a VO2 Max test).

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