A heart healthy diet and exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease and help heart failure treatment, but in today’s society people are always on the move and many tend to eat unhealthy foods based primarily on convenience. With our busy lifestyles, some people feel they do not have enough time in their day to take a break and cook a healthy meal. While unhealthy foods, such as processed or fast foods, may seem more convenient, they are rich in saturated and trans fats, calories, sodium, cholesterol, and added sugars. Not to worry, though, there are countless easy-to-make and delicious foods that you can “grab on the go” while still promoting a healthy heart.
A key to a healthy diet is to eat more nutrient-rich foods in place of other unhealthy foods. The American Heart Association suggests eating more fruits and vegetables, eating more whole-grain foods, using liquid vegetable oils such as olive, canola, corn, or safflower as your main kitchen fat, and eating more chicken, fish, and beans over meats like beef, pork, or lamb. It also warns consumers to pay attention to nutrition labels, which can sometimes be misleading, to ensure they are getting the necessary nutrients. To maintain your cardiovascular health, here’s a list of some healthy yet tasty foods to incorporate into your diet.
Berries are great for your heart because they are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and other vital nutrients and can be easily incorporated in any meal, such as a salad, yogurt or fruit smoothie. Blueberries, for instance, contain fiber and Vitamin C and little to no sugar and fats. Studies show they also help your memory and widen your arteries to help blood flow.
Fish — particularly fatty or oily fish like salmon and tuna — is another delicious food that is great for your heart. Nutritionists recommend eating two servings of fish per week because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower triglyceride levels in the blood that lead to blood clotting and cause heart attacks. Fish also helps lower your blood pressure and prevent irregular heart rhythms.
Walnuts and many other nuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as unsaturated or “good” fats, fiber, Vitamin E, and plant sterols which help lower your cholesterol and improve the health of your arteries and heart. They are also delicious, convenient, and easy-to-store.
Heart failure (HF) imposes one of the highest disease burdens of any medical condition in the world with an estimated 23 million patients experiencing HF. Heart failure is also one of the most resource-intensive conditions with direct and indirect costs in the United States estimated at $39.2 billion in 2010. The overall mortality and readmission rates for heart failure continue to remain unacceptably high even with the array of available drugs, devices, and/or surgical techniques.
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