What to eat after angioplasty

It is important to eat a heart-healthy diet following an angioplasty procedure.

Angioplasty is a procedure that is performed in order to open coronary arteries that have become blocked as a result of coronary artery disease. The procedure helps to restore proper blood flow to the heart and improve overall health. If you have been through an angioplasty procedure, it is advisable that you take steps to improve your diet and lifestyle —eating a balanced diet has many benefits and can even reduce your risk of developing heart-related problems in the future.

Read on to find out more about a heart-healthy diet, and which foods are best for your overall health…

What is a heart-healthy diet?

If you are trying to make adjustments to your diet in order to maintain the health of your heart, it is advisable that you lower your intake of salt and that you eat certain types of fats in moderation only. As you recover from your angioplasty procedure, try to incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with potassium, which helps to reduce some of the impact of sodium and can also be helpful in lowering blood pressure. By eating a fruit or vegetable at every meal, you can go a long way in benefiting your overall health. Some good options include antioxidant-rich berries and leafy greens.

Whole grains are also an important part of any heart-healthy diet. Fibre-rich barley and oats, for example, absorb cholesterol from the digestive tract and keep it from reaching the bloodstream. Other excellent additions to your diet include healthy unsaturated fats like omega-3 fatty acids — try fish like salmon and sardines, as well as olive and canola oils.

What foods should you avoid?

While there are plenty of nutritious foods that you can enjoy after your angioplasty procedure, there are a few foods that are best avoided. Try to avoid overly processed meats as they tend to contain sodium, nitrates and other unhealthy preservatives.

Saturated and trans fats should be enjoyed in moderation only — these include butter, cream, cheese and fatty red meat, as well as fried foods. Refined and processed grains like white bread contain very little nutritional value, while foods and drinks that contain added sugar should be avoided as much as possible.

How can we help?

Your diet after angioplasty surgery is important for your overall health and should be customised to the needs of your body. It may not always feel like you have control over what foods you consume, but it’s worth getting as much information on nutrition as possible before deciding which foods are best for you. Speak with your surgeon about their recommendations for heart-healthy food following an angioplasty procedure; they can provide some insight into the potential benefits that certain types of food might offer in terms of reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and more.

At North Western Vascular, we offer a range of endovascular procedures, including angioplasty. If you have been referred for the procedure, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can explain the process to you and let you know what to expect from the recovery period. If you have any questions or concerns, our team is available to address them for you. We will also provide you with any advice or information that you need to live a healthy lifestyle following surgery.

If you would like to find out more about angioplasty and what the treatment involves, please have a look here.

If you would like to book an appointment, please get in touch here, or alternatively call us on 03 9372 9999. We have three convenient locations in Melbourne: Moonee Ponds, Malvern and Gisborne.  

As well as angioplasty, we also offer a range of other vascular treatments — to see the full list of procedures that we provide, please consult our website here. We look forward to helping to improve and maintain your health.

If you are prone to facial blushing, you will know that the issue can be quite uncomfortable and embarrassing. Blushing refers to a sensation of warmth, as well as reddening that affects the face, neck and upper chest. Some individuals will also notice blotchy patches of red skin when blushing. If you are worried about your tendency for blushing, read on to find out how it can be addressed…

What is facial blushing?

Blushing occurs when there is an increase in blood flow to a certain area of the skin, such as the cheeks and neck. With an increase in blood flow, the blood vessels enlarge and cause the skin to redden. Blushing often occurs as a response to embarrassment, anxiety or anger, as well as other emotional triggers. That said, the issue can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying health concern. Some of the possible causes include hormonal changes caused by menopause; skin conditions like rosacea; and hypothyroidism, which can lead to a particularly high metabolic rate.

Can blushing be prevented?

Although it is not always possible to prevent blushing and skin flushing, there are some ways in which these issues can be reduced (provided they are not caused by medical concerns). You may find it helpful to avoid factors that trigger reddening of your skin — these may include extreme temperatures; spicy foods; and situations that you find particularly stressful. Relaxation and coping techniques can go a long way in avoiding blushing in certain situations, particularly for those who struggle with stress or anxiety.  

It is also sometimes possible to reduce the frequency of flushing by limiting your consumption of alcohol. Some people find that alcohol can trigger skin redness.

Can facial blushing be treated?

Although facial blushing is most often not a medical concern, you may choose to address the issue if it is particularly persistent or worrying for you. One of the most effective medical treatments for excessive blushing is known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) surgery. The procedure involves the ablation of over-active sympathetic nerves and can be used to treat both excessive sweating and blushing.

During the procedure, your surgeon will make tiny incisions before carefully identifying and ablating the relevant nerve cell bodies. Once the nerves have been successfully destroyed, your surgeon will close the incisions with a single stitch and a water-proof dressing will be applied. You can expect to be discharged from hospital the morning after your procedure, and your recovery should be fairly quick thanks to the minimally invasive techniques that are used to complete the surgery.

You may experience some pain and discomfort after the procedure, and your surgeon will let you know which medications to take in order to alleviate these side-effects.

How can North Western Vascular help?

At North Western Vascular, we offer the ETS procedure to patients who are struggling with excessive sweating and/or blushing. If you are concerned about excessive facial blushing and would like to address the issue, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can confirm whether you are a suitable candidate for treatment.

If you choose to undergo ETS surgery, you will be admitted to hospital and the procedure itself will be performed under general anaesthesia. The recovery period varies from patient to patient, but you can generally expect to recover from the treatment within a week or so.

If you would like to find out more about the ETS procedure for the treatment of excessive facial blushing, please have a look here.   If you would like to book an appointment, please get in touch here, or alternatively call us on 03 9372 9999. Our team offers compassionate and professional care to all of our patients, and we look forward to welcoming you to our practice in Melbourne. If you would like to find out more about what we do and the range of services that we provide, please have a look here.

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