Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Acute Coronary Syndrome Prevention

Prevention is the key to managing the risk for heart disease. Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol contribute to the development of coronary artery disease. These illnesses must be well-managed, in order to minimize this contribution.

Prevention of acute coronary syndrome includes:

Acute Coronary Syndrome Diet

Dietary guidelines for the prevention of heart disease include:

  • Limit your intake of fat to 30% of your total calories.
  • 10% to 15% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil.
  • Consume only unsaturated fats that are low in cholesterol.
  • Consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day.
  • Consume less than 3,000 mg of salt per day. Consume less than 2,000 mg of salt per day if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease or congestive heart failure.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Avoid red meat.
  • Avoid fad diets.
  • Talk to your doctor about B vitamin supplements.
  • Consume more fiber. Sources include:
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Bran
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Legumes
    • Whole grains
    • Brown rice

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Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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