Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Diet

A heart-healthy diet for someone with an abdominal aortic aneurysm includes:

  • Limit your intake of fat to 25% of your total calories.
  • Consume only unsaturated fats that are low in cholesterol.
  • 20% to 25% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats such as
    • olive oil
    • canola oil
    • peanut oil
  • Consume less than 3,000 mg of salt per day. Consume less than 2,000 mg of salt per day if you have:
  • Consume less than 200 milligrams of cholesterol a day.
  • Avoid fad diets.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Talk to your doctor about B vitamin supplements.
  • Consume more fiber. Sources include:
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Bran
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Legumes
    • Whole grains
    • Brown rice
  • Avoid red meat

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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