I am a 46 year old male. A year ago my doctor found that my circumflex artery was 100% blocked. Fortunately for me, my heart developed a collateral vein and bypassed the blockage. It's been one year since that scare and I have not followed the diet and excericise that my doctor has recommended for me. What scares me the most is getting on the treadmill and having a heart attack. Really scared to excericise . Not to add
Maintaining a heart healthy diet (< 2 grams of sodium/day, low fat) and regular cardiovascular exercise (20-30 minutes, 4-5 times/week) is extremely important in individuals with known coronary artery disease. You are of fairly young age with a completely blocked coronary vessel - so keeping up with this strategy will be important to maintain good cardiovascular health. Exercise will not "cause" a heart attack and is actually a good measure to see if you experience angina or not (which might indicate the need for increasing your medications or re-evaluating your coronary disease).
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