Diet & Nutrition

The ProHeart Plate

Even small changes in your eating habits can add up to big benefits for your heart. A healthy diet can help you lose weight, manage your cholesterol and blood pressure - and give you energy to get through the day.

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"Since the heart attack, I take Bayer Aspirin along with a statin and a beta blocker and coQ10. I watch my diet and I walk every day!"
"I am 41 with CAD. Here is how I found out: I was 11 weeks pregnant with my only child who is now just over one. I was at work and felt some morning sickness symptoms but I knew it wasn't morning sickness. I had not been sick at all at that point. I felt pressure on my chest, my shoulder hurt, I was sweating and sick to my stomach. I thought it was the Crab Bisque I had for lunch. I had one of my employees call the place where I got the bisque and they said it was fine. My employees were all insisting I was fine even though I was complaining that it could be my heart. "You are crazy," they said. They left my office and I snuck out to my car and drove to the ER. Of course being young and pregnant, the triage nurse didn't listen when I said I thought it was my heart. After waiting and waiting I insisted I be seen. I texted my husband of 8 months and asked him to call me. Next thing I know, I am having an EKG and the tech will not say a word. Then the ER doctor came and told me I was having a heart attack. I still can't believe it. I was rushed to the cath lab and I mentioned my being pregnant and everything stopped. At this time my hubby called and it must have been the drugs because I said "Oh hi, I had a heart attack, hold on"... I gave the phone to the doctor.

Long story short, I was treated and transported to a different hospital where I spent the next several days. As I was being wheeled out of the lab, many of my employees were there waiting. I yelled, "Told you so!" They checked my baby in utero and my son was fine! Three months after I had my baby I had the cath. I had a complete blockage, too late to stent and another artery blocked at 60%. I have CAD. Genetics unknown because I was adopted. I had a history of smoking and overall a diet high in fat (although I wasn't fat). I think I survived to bring my precious son into the world. Since the heart attack, I take Bayer Aspirin along with a statin and a beta blocker and coQ10. I watch my diet and I walk every day! I lost my job for exceeding the 12 weeks of FMLA but reducing that stress has probably helped too. Now I am still scared every day and always thinking another heart attack is looming, but I think of my son and my husband and hope for the best!"
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Ask your doctor about the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil supplements. Print this
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