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Enlarged Heart Diet

It is important to follow a healthy diet if you have cardiac enlargement.

Enlarged Heart Diet

  • Avoiding fad diets: a well-rounded diet is much better.
  • Limited fat intake to no more than 30% of total calories:
    • Some experts recommend no more than 20-25% fat.
  • Eating high-quality fats:
    • Using virgin olive oil and other unsaturated, low-cholesterol fats.
    • 10% to 15% of total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids (e.g. olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil).
  • Eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day.
  • Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Limited iron intake: too much iron can increase atherosclerosis.
  • Replacing animal protein with soy.
  • Reducing salt to no more than 3 grams per day. A doctor may lower this recommendation to no more than 2 grams for people with high blood pressure or congestive heart failure.
  • Emphasizing complex carbohydrates, such as starch and fiber. Whole grains and brown rice are good fiber sources. Other sources include:
    • Barley
    • Bran
    • Fruits
    • Legumes
    • Oats
    • Vegetables

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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