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    [are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: robert (193.115.215.---)

    Date: 07-05-02 11:25

    hi there,

    thankyou for such a helpful and informative site, my mum has HCM i just wanted to ask if anyone knows of any foods which can help this condition and also what is the likelihood of sudden death.

    Thanks for your time.

    Robert.

    London,UK.

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    [Re: are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 07-05-02 12:21

    Robert,

    Welcome to the site, I wish I could say yes but I can not, there is no food that can "help". I will say that avoiding heavy foods and maintaining a heart healthy diet are good tips to live by. Proper hydration is key as is not eating large meals as they are a strain on your system.

    As for the likelihood of Sudden Death... that is harder as it is a very individual issue and you must evaluate all risk factor to detirmine individual risk. I will say that the risk is higher between ages 12-25 however the risk is maintained over the life of the person with HCM. Old statistics refered to a rate of SD of 5-6% per year now it appears to be much lower... around 1-2% per year. The old number was believed to be incorrect due to the fact that it was only counting the "sickest" of patients who were refered to large hospitals, this leaving out the majority of patients with HCM who lead rather normal lives.

    I hope this information helps and my best wishes to your mother.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Salberg

    HCMA

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    [Re: are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: Charles Barnes (---.WLDF.splitrock.net)

    Date: 07-08-02 18:31

    Robert,

    I went to a naturopath after My HCM got worse. As Lisa said he recommended a heart health diet and gave me some suggestions as to maximize the efficiency/circulation in the heart muscle. Be careful of any supplements as they can react with your prescriptin meds but Here is what he recommended for me.. 100 mg of CO Q 10. small doses of the herb Hawthorne and a supplement called el carnatine. I ve stuck with the co Q 10 as the cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic is also recommending this but the others I have not. If you do visit a naturopathic doctor you will find distrust of conventional doctors and vice versa. I am taking other suppliments recommended by my conventional cardiologist - 250 mg of slo release magnisium and 20 meq of Potassium I also eat at least 4oz of north Atlantic Salmon each day as this is supposed to replenish co Q 10 also. I tried the organic and vegitarian route for a while but I have lost too much weight so I have modified it to increase calories.

    I found my visits to the naturopathic doctors quite informative. There are some very good books on diets and healthy eating i.e. Andrew Weil is one that is quite popular.

    Let me know how it goes.

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    [Re: are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: Board Moderator--Sarah Beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 07-08-02 23:33

    Hi

    The most critical thing is to make sure that you are not taking any supplements that will interact with your medication. Grapefruit juice interacts with a lot and gingko will thin your blood, so don't take it with aspirin or coumadin/warfarin ---and these are only two examples. You may have to do some research to ferret this stuff out.

    I also take magnesium as I had a deficiency and I try to eat several bananas a week. I don't take any supplements but a multi-vitamin b/c I'm on dofetilide which interacts with everything. You may want to get your minerals checked (potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium) by a blood test and start from there as those are the key heart needs.

    Eating a traditional Asian/mediterraean type of diet high in fish, olive oils, vegetables and legumes is generally considered the best medicine. Low in salt, red meat, sugar and fat ---not without, but just low. Americans usually eat soooo much of the latter list that almost any decrease is going to make you feel better as long as you keep it up.

    I recommend gradually cutting bad things out --no going cold turkey as it will make you nuts. You may even want to try phasing out just 1 item at a time, too, like start with fat and then when you have a low fat diet going well, start to lower the sugar.

    And let me emphasize Lisa's point that the risk of sudden death is totally individual and requires evaluation by an HCM specialist to determine properly.

    take care

    Sarah

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    [Re: are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: Craig (---.dsl.sfldmi.ameritech.net)

    Date: 07-09-02 12:15

    What about fish oil supplements? I heard these are pretty good as well for preventing arrythmias? True?

    They did upset my stomach, however.

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    [Re: are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 07-09-02 15:34

    there is some data on fish oil, i have tried it...did not notice anything...but there have been published reports that it reduces arrthymias.

    Lisa

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    [Re: are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: Sarah B-Board Moderator (---.tnt40.chi5.da.uu.net)

    Date: 07-09-02 17:25

    Craig

    You could try eating the oils on a full stomach or try Udo's Oil which is a blend and in the fridge case

    Sarah

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    [Re: are there any natural foods which help?]

    Author: Bel (---.excel.net)

    Date: 07-15-02 16:53

    If by fish oils your are referring to omega 3 , you can get that from most of the breads sold by Natural Ovens bakery in Manitowoc ,WI . Bel
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.
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