Ventricular Hypertrophy 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:
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