At my follow up with my cardiologist yesterday, he gave me a really good report: my replaced mitral valve was functioning well and my heart was beating strongly and he said everything was great, to come back in a year for another Ultrasound.
When I opened the mail later on that day I saw a copy of the Ultrasound report, and I read it carefully . I saw that I had moderate diastolic dysfunction, something I had never even heard of. I am 67, and I looked it up on the web, and found out pretty much what it was. I called the cardiologist's office back, and said I was concerned about this. I received a call back a little later, and someone who worked with the doctor told me that it was nothing to worry about, that my heart was doing fine. Still I am concerned. I learned that a couple of years after the surgery for valve replacement, I had had mild diastolic dysfunction, and then I learned that in the past three years, it had become moderate. I saw some information on the web, general from Dr. Stephen Sinatra, who is a metabolic cardiologist ,no longer in practice, who recommends, Co Enzyme Q 10, L Carnitine, D Ribose and Magnesium. Of course, the doses would have to be adjusted for a person's size and weight and I am pretty small, and he gives more of a range. I also saw that hypothyroid could be at the cause of it; I saw that Pycnogenol was helpful in one study.
I know that my cardiologist is a good one and regular and doesn't know about supplements for this condition. But before I knew about this dysfunction, I asked him about natural supplementation should a problem arise, and he said he wouldn't be opposed to it.
Has anyone used natural supplements for either maintaining the moderate state or reversing it back to mild?
One theory is that more older women have it because we lose the elastin and collagen , which we see in our faces, but it is also going on inside our bodies, and this might account for the stiffness when the blood is refilling.
I am at a low weight, and do not have diabetes or high blood pressure in general, except when I go to the doctor's office for exams. But I am in my sixties. I live in Austin, Texas. I have a lot of allergies, particularly down here, where mold is high and there is generally something pollinating.
I would love to find out women's experiences with this diagnosis and if they have had any improvement taking natural supplements for it. If anyone has used a cardiologist in Texas who is knowledgeable about this, I would like to know as well who that person is.
Or if they have a cardiologist who has had success with reversing this condition and who might be willing to consult with me, or my doctor, that would be helpful as well.
I take a lot of other supplements in general, and that has helped me stay in as good a condition as I am. Looking forward to hearing from you .