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Balancing Lifestyle, Weight, HCM, CAD, Diabetes and Exercise


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JillC RN for over 40 years, MS degree in Respiratory Nursing, Worked surgical open-heart ICU for 18 years in Chicago.. After years of symptoms finally diagnosed with HOCM in 2006. I retired from nursing 2012 due to HCM and had septal myectomy at Local hospital 2013, Redo myectomy Mayo Clinic 2014. Now doing well. Find out more about JillC
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  • Balancing Lifestyle, Weight, HCM, CAD, Diabetes and Exercise

    If someone just knew my by my medical problem list...they would probably wonder how I am still alive at 69 yo. But I am. Not only that I am a vibrant and joyful person which I attribute to my years of meditation, introspection and serving others. However, I got a rude awakening recently, that if I want to continue to enjoy life I DO, much to my ego's dismay, need to alter some things in my lifestyle or my medical problem list is going to get the best of me.
    I eat an 85% " healthy diet" I have even dropped a couple pounds recently, but I am obese 220 lbs and 5ft 9 inches. I like to walk but I don't very often and I have bouts of fatigue where I can barely leave a chair....let alone exercise. Where does one start???? It is a huge hole to dig yourself out of with a not so healthy heart.
    I ended up starting by controlling my Type 2 diabetes with insulin instead of other medications.....It was amazing how once Blood sugar could get into my cells I actually had a good amount of sustainable energy! Then I found the Ornish Lifestyle to reverse Cardiovascular Disease....which has been around for a while..However, I found out that their 9 week Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program is covered by MEDICARE!!! It is the first program of its kind to incorporate Meditation and stress management, Group Support, Plant based Nutrition and cardiac monitored exercise ALL in one program....and Dr Ornish's Research shows it is improving diabetes, reversing heart disease,improving lipid panels, improving exercise tolerance, reducing chest pain, reversing early stage prostate cancer and lengthening DNA telomeres which can decrease the effects of aging.
    I am just starting the program here in Denver this week ..... 4 hrs 2 days a week Until January.....I will post periodically how it is going!!
    Onward and Upward!
    Jill C.
    After years of symptoms:
    Officially Diagnosed HOCM 2006
    Myectomy 3/11/13 at non-COE
    Extended Myectomy 7/23/14
    At Mayo with Dr. Joseph Dearani

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