Foods You Should Avoid After Having a Heart Attack
After a heart attack, your doctor may suggest making several lifestyle changes to help you maintain better heart health. Changing your diet to avoid foods linked with poor cardiovascular health can reduce your risk of future heart attacks or other complications. Understanding how certain types of foods and additives affect your heart can help you to make the right choices for a healthier body.
Sugar and Salt
Sugary snacks and treats contain “empty calories” that often contribute to weight gain, which is associated with heart disease. Limit sweets and sugary snacks, including desserts, candies, sodas, and sweetened juices. Salt raises your blood pressure, placing excess stress on blood vessels and increasing your risk of a heart attack. Stop adding salt to your cooking and meals, and check the labels of prepackaged foods for their sodium content. Keep in mind that salt is often contained in innocuous foods such as croutons, breads, and some meats.
Bad cholesterol , or LDL, is a major contributor to heart disease. Limit foods that are high in LDL cholesterol, such as eggs, cheeses, and red meat. When shopping, avoid prepackaged foods whenever possible and opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. When you do buy prepackaged meals or snacks, check the labels to ensure they are low in cholesterol for improved heart health.
Saturated and Trans Fats
When you eat saturated and trans fats, they accumulate in the your blood vessels and limit the volume of blood that can flow through them. Over time, fats can completely block arteries and blood vessels, causing a heart attack. Limit or cut foods from your diet that are high in fat, such as marbled meats, coconut oil, fried foods, baked goods, and fast food options.
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