Alan Shirazi, a 46-year-old from Mumbai underwent Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), commonly known as bypass surgery in June 2015. And a lot has changed for him after the surgery. It was during February last year, that Alan had recurrent bouts of acidity when he went for a health check-up only to be given a clean chit for heart disease. It was during this time when he was misdiagnosed for gastritis and was advised to stick to medications to manage the condition. In the month of May, Alan had an acidity attack almost every night and on taking the medications, the pain used to subside. Here’s how to know if it is an acidity or a heart attack.
On May 31st 2015, at around 2 am in the night, Alan experienced a shooting pain in the chest, which failed to subside even after taking Eno. Also, this pain was not the same as he had experienced earlier, which was a warning sign for him. So he rushed to a nearby hospital where he was told that he had had a heart attack. And after a series of tests, it was revealed that he had six blockages with varying percentages, which could be treated only with bypass surgery and not angioplasty. The surgery was done at Asian Heart Institute under the guidance of Dr Ramakant Panda.
Life after surgery: Things have changed for good, says Alan. For two months after surgery, he did physiotherapy at home to ease his movements. In September last year, he started doing cardio and working out regularly. Over time, the intensity and duration of the exercise have increased drastically. Now, after almost a year, he can work out for one and a half to two hours at a stretch. His diet includes less oil, salt (2 – 3 gms) and sugar. He tries not to cheat his meal plan and maintain it. He does so by carrying homecooked food to office. His meals include one full serving of vegetables, chapattis, a little rice and 2- 3 pieces of chicken. The best part is even his family members have become more conscious about what they eat. And they eat the same food that is made for Alan. Here are 5 diet rules you MUST follow after heart surgery!
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Published: September 27, 2016 12:22 pm | Updated:October 3, 2016 4:04 pm