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Diet, Lifestyle and Heart Disease - Do's and Don'ts

Written by Inara Hasanali, M.A.  | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Oct 15, 2020
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Diet, Lifestyle and Heart Disease - Doís and Doníts

It is not just enough that you add fruits, vegetables, whole-grain food, beans, legumes and fish but also remember to decrease or totally eliminate certain food types and change others in your diet plan.

  • Cut down on beverages and fruit juices with added sugar.
  • Avoid full cream milk and dairy products but consume semi-skimmed milk and its products.
  • Avoid alcohol or drink in moderation preferably wine.
  • Remove foods that have partially hydrogenated oils to reduce the trans fat content of your diet.
  • Avoid processed foods as much as you can.
  • Limit the use of condiments such as mustard, catsup, pickles and salted sauces.
  • Switch to lean meat and prepare them without added fat.
  • Use more of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and avoid saturated fat.
  • Use foods with low salt and try to add less salt while cooking.
  • Flavour foods with herbs, spices, lemon or limejuice, vinegar or salt free seasoning blends.
  • Avoid foods, which have low nutrition value like sodas, candy and fast foods.

Making changes in the diet plan and exercising regularly can help lower the risk of various heart diseases like heart attack, coronary artery syndrome, heart murmurs.


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hi i just wanted to know what all foods and drinks can aggravate an enlarged heart !!


Hi there? Am called ssewanyana Augustine i just want the doctors to tell me does wine help in maintaining heart disease? What I mean taking it moderately not taking too much that can relieve people with heart diseases how far is it true?


to me i have alot to say about this major topic. to be sincere heart disease ocure as a result of incovinent lifestyle and lack of normal diet. apart from hereditry factors, if an average human can take normal diet and have an excercise when necesary and normal job, the rate of death by heart disease will reduced. the major causes of heart disease in some cases is poverty. hope you all know what i mean by poverty. state of an unwealthy condition. no money to maintain normal life style, when there is little illness, there will be financial problem to cure it, which may lead to any heart disease.my name ayodele albert. thanks


Hi I am 31 yrs old woman and recently came to know that I am suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. Can anyone guide me the do's and dont's for patients like me. Also I m a working woman. My job does'nt demand any physical stress. Will I be able to leave a normal healthy life?


thank u for the heart problem life style,am 29 have a swollen heart after giving birth,having difficulties in breathing,am on frusemite ,digoxin ,am always having gastric fluids white like froth coming out,please help

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