Posted on April 15th, 2009 under Patient Stories & Updates.
Mario just wrote to me, “Hey Adam, my name is Mario Luera (age: 33) and I had aortic valve replacement in October, 2008. I am recovering well and just finished my cardiac rehab. I’m about to start on a workout program. My question to you is what type of vitamins/ supplements are you taking and what to stay away from? My cardiologist told me to just take a multivitamin everyday. Thanks for your time! Mario”
As I previously wrote in “Do Vitamins Combat Fatigue After Heart Surgery”, I really struggled with energy issues following my double, heart valve replacement. I was exhausted all the time.
So, I contacted a highly-regarded nutritionist, Karen Raden, to help enhance my energy level. After a blood test and consultation, Karen suggested three specific vitamins and supplements to reduce my fatigue.
For the past three years, I have been taking:
- Pure Encapsulation Nutrient 950 without Iron
- Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega
- Co-Enzyme Q10
Karen also put me on an explicit eating plan to enhance my absorption of the right nutrients at the right time.
I have to admit… I was fairly skeptical when I began working with Karen Raden. But, I learned that she really knows her stuff. My energy levels slowly-but-surely increased over time.
If you have any interest in speaking with Karen, her website is www.karenraden.com and her email is email@example.com.
I hope that helps Mario (and perhaps you) better understand my experience with vitamins and supplements after heart valve surgery.
Keep on tickin!