posted by Andy Wohlgemuth, Spring, Texas, USA, 4 Jun 2001
AM I GETTING THIS RIGHT??? I had angioplasty on my 90% blocked coronary artery on May 15th. No other arteries had any blockage On May 21st, I started walking every evening, lightly at first but increasing my routine each day. By June 3rd, I was up to 45 minutes at a marching pace of 60 steps per minute. I'm feeling fine and feel like I could do more. As far as diet, I have a cup of instant oatmeal and a whole grain bagel with jam for breakfast. For lunch, it's a 4 oz tin of sardines or a 4 oz tin of tuna. I use about 8 low fat crackers with both the tuna and the sardines. Dinner is a chicken breast or fish filet, either broiled or grilled. I eat as much as I want in the way of green or yellow veggies. I usually eat a baseball size baked potato with a teaspoon of liquid margarine or a half cup of rice made with nonfat chicken broth instead of water. Then maybe a cup of seedless grapes at bedtime. I'm never hungry or tired. I do cheat a little on Saturday night eating pretty much anything I want, but in reasonable portions. Because I bend the rules on Saturday, I take an extra walk in the morning. Anyone else on a similar regimen?

• It's good to know we can still have a good life after this and I should like to follow your regime as I am a swimmer, I wonder how is this going to add in. I used to swim a 50 metres length pool, 20 laps non stop. I have an angioplasty with stent just a week ago in one 90% coronary artery. Would love to hear from you.
Dax Tan, gec, Malaysia, 5 May 2002


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