Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cardiomyopathy Ischemic Prevention

Prevention of coronary artery disease lowers the risk for ischemic cardiomyopathy. Other conditions such as 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 the progression of coronary artery disease.

Lifestyle choices that help to prevent coronary artery disease and ischemic cardiomyopathy include:

Cardiomyopathy Ischemic Diet

Dietary guidelines for the prevention of ischemic cardiomyopathy 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: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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