posted by Ednamae Kelly, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 27 Nov 2001
I have been home for 3 days since having an angioplasty and have a million questions. Here're a few: Should I start taking walks right away? Should I be resting these first few days home? Should I be looking for low cholesterol/fat/sodium recipes to cook? When is it safe to start having sex again, I am fifty three and my husband and I have always been quite sexual, and are wondering when it will be okay to make love again.


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I am a clinical educator in a cath lab, I hope i can offer you some advice. You should be as active as you feel able, this is now Feb so by now , of course you can take walks, play golf, etc. The only limiting factor, within reason, is how you feel yourself, if you get any twinges, pain, or signs that you recognise, then stop and rest. As for your diet, you don't need to go too mad, eat healthily, if you are within your normal weight bracket then continue as you have been, obviously fresh veggies, lean meats , fruits and the odd glass or 2 of red wine will do you the world of good. Last, but not least, have sex, perhaps leave the chandelier swinging for when you feel extra energetic, and again if you get pain, stop immediately and rest, take your nitro medication if you use it. Keep happy and healthy and continue to enjoy life!!
Andrina Hargreaves, Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 10 Feb 2002

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