Mechanical Valves vs Saucisse de Toulouse

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Dodgy Ticker

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Something has been troubling me deeply of late and I wonder whether anyone might have an answer.

Living n France as I do, I occasionally have the chance to try some different types of food. Its all cool if you live in a city (which I don't), however if you live in the sticks (which I do) you only have access to hearty country fayre - which I love, but it can get somewhat repetitive.

So recently I dove into the world of Toulouse sausages for a change, as they're a big thing here (which is NOT Toulouse..). They are, for the uninitiated, a wonderful source of protein, fat, grease, heart-stopping amounts of "erbs", salt, digestive juices and intestinal skin layers and pretty much anything else ranked as supremely healthy food!! Yes folks - this is JUST what the doctor ordered.. In fact it would be fair to say that these wonderful erectile sacs could well be considered as France's culinary trash can. You don't want it? Just chuck it into a Toulouse Sausage!

So I am wondering......

How many of these heart-wrenching inventions would be safe to eat before my valves tell me "goodbye fat guy"? Its a deeply troubling problem, as I seem to have lost my ability to refrain from their consumption.
 

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How many of these heart-wrenching inventions would be safe to eat before my valves tell me "goodbye fat guy"?
personally I don't think its the valve that'll be the problem ... probably the coronary artery.

Get some bloods done, look at your triglicerides and also your hb1ac. If your Low Density Lp is high that's bad and if your hb1ac is higher than 6 then that's a bad thing too. You may also consider (if those indicators are bad) looking into a scan like this:


(thanks @Chuck C for the education in this area)

I'm told (by those who have had both) that the recovery and discomfort of CABG is worse than BAV. So I'll suggest more cabbage in your diet before needing CABG, along with reasonable exersize (naturally with other whole foods such as oats and other simple vegetables) ...

Or just keep a shotgun handy for the humane way out when you get home after your first heart attack. Trust me ... I spent a few years thinking about just that (although for different reasons).
 

Chuck C

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So I'll suggest more cabbage in your diet before needing CABG
Indeed. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and cruciferous vegetables are one of the healthiest foods one can eat.

Some common cruciferous vegetables:

Broccoli

Broccoli sprouts

Cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Green cabbage

Red cabbage


Many leafy greens are also cruciferous:

Collard greens

Mustard greens

Kale

Bok choy

Swiss chard

Watercress


And we don’t want root vegetables left out of the cruciferous party:

Turnips

Rutabaga

Radishes
 

Chuck C

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How many of these heart-wrenching inventions would be safe to eat before my valves tell me "goodbye fat guy"?
As Nobog indicated, everything in moderation. Load your plate with about 25% of your sausages and about 75% healthy vegetables and enjoy!
 

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Generally pay attention to fatty foods and I prefer grilled beef or pork burgers with chopped chicken and salad. But if I am in the countryside and I find local vegetables I will not say no.
 

Joan L.

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My advice… go “cold turkey”, so to speak , to a radically plant forward diet and as your gut micro biome gets the message, it will communicate with your brain . You will soon notice that you feel happier and look forward to eating that way. At least that’s been my experience. The Mediterranean Diet can be your guide. There are a whole host of diseases you are inviting with your current plan. My husband wouldn’t give up his fat-and-crap diet until his physician asked him how he was going to enjoy having no feet.

good luck. It’s not exactly easy, but you don’t have to be perfect!
 

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good luck. It’s not exactly easy, but you don’t have to be perfect!
Oh, but Joan, thats where you're wrong. I DO have to be perfect!! And not enough to BE perfect, I need to be perceived as such. I need international recognition of such. Indeed - failure to achieve such perfection would be a disaster of almost biblical proportions..
 

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Hoax, for sure. In a heart valve surgery group and from a place where there’s been no access to health education? Or perhaps the writer is 10-12 years old? I think not. :)
 

Joan L.

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To all of my culinary friends, this tedious Sunday I am SO enjoying seeing who "gets it" and who don't.....

May your gods go with you..

Oh! But maybe you don’t realize you actually ARE stupid!

“I’m bored. Guess I’ll goof on other heart patients who take the time and energy to try to provide me with heartfelt support!” Hilarious!
 

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Mais bien sur!!!

As to "no access to health education" I must admit that that comment goes right passed me. I live in the centre of the universe. A land where everyone professes the absolute state of idealistic perfection. There is nowhere else on the planet that surpasses this place in terms of its' devotion to individuality, freedom, liberty and the utter need to be seen as being a selfish, oafish, self-indulgent and near-as-dammit perfect personification of anti-social individualism.

Aside from saving the world the tedium of having to read a tortuously-long book, they have instead offered us with the shortest book of them all; that of the book of French War Heroes. Just one breath - et c'est finit !!

Apart from that they HAVE, on the other hand, produced a genuinely 1st rate public health system in which cardiac education is very much at the core of the treatment.

Dear Joan I notice that you are a recent joiner. WELCOME!!! You may (or may not) get used to my irony and sarcasm as time goes by. In the meantime, all cranks aside, we're all here to help (and let off steam) so feel free to contribute to your heart's content. And if your heart is not up to being content as yet, then rest assured - that time will come sooner rather than later, inshallah!!

As to being 10-12 years old. Oh - I WISH!!
 

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My husband wouldn’t give up his fat-and-crap diet until his physician asked him how he was going to enjoy having no feet.
I love his physician's straight talk! I wish more would communicate so bluntly about the reality of lifestyle choices.

One of my best friends, who happens to be a surgeon, having spent much of his life indulging in sweets and processed carbohydrates, was recently diagnosed with diabetes. His plaque burden, as measured via a calcium scan, was in the top 2% of the population. Since being diagnosed he has not altered his lifestyle and continues to eat what he wants, often processed garbage. I've been encouraging him to switch to a more whole foods diet and to monitor his blood glucose to no avail.

When he recently told me that he loved the crap food so much that he didn't think he could change, I thought a little blunt talk might be in order. I reminded him how recently, while giving his father's eulogy, he shared with the crowd that he was always the most talented son, most achieved, and certainly the most athletic of the 4 brothers. In fact, they were all very athletic and successful, but they were competitive with one another and would each probably jokingly make the same claim. In was a tongue in cheek humorous moment, which was well received, well, except probably not so much from his 3 brothers. He had the floor and with no opportunity for rebuttal, he was going to state it as fact for all to hear. So, I thought I would point out to him that his brothers would surely give his eulogy, and that it appears, from his unwillingness to change his current behavior, that day would likely happen soon. I asked him to imagine the ribbing he will be given, once they have the chance to set the record straight, and how he won't be there to rebut them. He agreed with my point, and was certain that they would be merciless if given the chance.

Anyway, he seems to have appreciated the straight talk and now often sends me photos whenever he eats something healthy or tells me how he picked up the extra large bag of potato chips at the grocery, then put it back after thinking better of it.
 

Joan L.

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Mais bien sur!!!

As to "no access to health education" I must admit that that comment goes right passed me. I live in the centre of the universe. A land where everyone professes the absolute state of idealistic perfection. There is nowhere else on the planet that surpasses this place in terms of its' devotion to individuality, freedom, liberty and the utter need to be seen as being a selfish, oafish, self-indulgent and near-as-dammit perfect personification of anti-social individualism.

Aside from saving the world the tedium of having to read a tortuously-long book, they have instead offered us with the shortest book of them all; that of the book of French War Heroes. Just one breath - et c'est finit !!

Apart from that they HAVE, on the other hand, produced a genuinely 1st rate public health system in which cardiac education is very much at the core of the treatment.

Dear Joan I notice that you are a recent joiner. WELCOME!!! You may (or may not) get used to my irony and sarcasm as time goes by. In the meantime, all cranks aside, we're all here to help (and let off steam) so feel free to contribute to your heart's content. And if your heart is not up to being content as yet, then rest assured - that time will come sooner rather than later, inshallah!!

As to being 10-12 years old. Oh - I WISH!!
Done. Not going to bother reading this.
 

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failure to achieve such perfection would be a disaster of almost biblical proportions
well, I suspect you're running out of time to achieve that, and as they say "you can't outrun a bad diet"

Don't get me wrong, yes I'm giving you some schtick here, but its because I'm hard coded to encourage people to live (rather than to die) that I say what I say (like the advice about vegetables).

The French have many fine provincial dishes which are quite vegetable laden and very low on the harmful things. Its just that you're wealthy enough to be able to eat the "Larks' tongues. Wrens' livers. Chaffinch brains. Jaguars' earlobes. Wolf nipple chips ... Get 'em while they're hot".

While our success or wealth is often associated with physical self harm from eating and drinking, our society (even here in Australia) has evolved many things to help the (relative) poor eat to kill themselves

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its up to you

(*note: to the Americans that thing he's eating is something of an amusement to Australians sharing this with Americans for the first time. Its a Meat Pie, with Tomato Sauce {aka Ketchup}.)
 

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Done. Not going to bother reading this.
Some recommended reading

:cool:
 

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