Vicki Bruce is a well educated mother of 3 in her early 50’s living in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Vicki has always enjoyed a full and active life, enjoying outdoor pursuits in the lake district and highlands of Scotland; she’s one remarkable lady that’s for sure.
Like many people, Vicki had suffered from various illnesses throughout her life but her health took a turn for the worse when she developed heart problems. A cardiac MRI showed that Vicki had only one coronary artery supplying her systemic ventricle (the main pumping chamber of her heart), whereas most people have two. This meant for Vicki that specialist care was required.
Through referrals to consultant cardiology, Vicki was prescribed furosemide, a powerful diuretic, to control her fluids and reduce excess strain on the heart, ACE inhibitors to control blood pressure and warfarin to prevent blood clots. These are all extremely powerful drugs, which can be accompanied with potent side effects and are usually prescribed either following a heart attack or where a heart attack is likely based upon several guidelines.
One of the side effects Vicki experienced was angioedema. Angioedema is a reaction to ACE inhibitors, and often presents as a deep swelling under the skin, as it did for Vicki, making life very uncomfortable. Vicki remained on ACE inhibitors under guidance of her cardiologist and it was suggested that should the side effects not disappear, an alternative drug would be considered.
Vicki was allowed to control her own dose of furosemide, and typically needed 80-120mg per day, a significant dose, to maintain a balance between feeling bloated and dehydrated.
At this point, Vicki came across Intelligent Eating and made the decision to listen to the evidence, research and implement the advice.
“On the back of a poor report from cardiology, I thought ‘what can I do for myself?’ I couldn’t do much about exercise – I didn’t feel like it. But, diet was the one thing I had control over. I couldn’t control the meds I had to take ,but diet, that made sense. I could do something for myself, so I read and researched the information from Intelligent Eating, it just made so complete sense to me, the evidence and reasoning is there. I took advice and followed it, what happened next was incredible.”