... now is 56. doctors in my country said her recovery is too slow, it may turn to chronic heart failure. she's overweight so i think that lose some weight may help her a lot (she's 1.63 m and 85 kg). can you give me some advices about lose weight safely please? i'm looking forward to your answers. my english is really bad, i hope you understand and forgive me if my writing is impolite. thank you so much
This is what I found regarding Left Ejection Fraction Measurement of the Heart:
40-55% Below Normal
Less than 40% May confirm diagnosis of heart failure
<35% Patient may be at risk of life-threatening irregular heartbeats
If this is correct, your sister is now in the normal range, but 36 was not normal or good. Is this information true of your sister? You are very correct that she needs to lose weight for her health and for her child. Any drug to help her lose weight usually is a stimulant and might not be safe for her to take. This would be for her heart doctor to determine.
Losing weight is primarily done by changing eating habits. Exercise helps, but it can add muscle weight and that can be discouraging. I have found through my own efforts and those of my personal trainer that what you eat is the number one factor in losing weight. Hopefully your sister has a Dr. to guide her in this. Maybe she is self motivated to do this on her own? You can find diets with normal, healthy food on the internet. I've gotten pamphlets from my Dr. also. It's good to join a group where your sister can be accountable to the others and also be encouraged by the others. I wish her great success.
Hi, I forgot to suggest weight loss surgery. Your sister may be a candidate. It's a drug-free solution but it's a permanent surgery. I recommend the sleeve gastrectomy because it means a much smaller stomach but she would still have her small intestine which is where she can absorb almost all the nutrition and medications she needs. Avoid the gastric bypass because the small intestine is removed and absorption problems will be lifelong. The lap band is for people who aren't serious about permanent weight loss and want to keep changing the size of the band... too risky for a heart patient.
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