What you eat directly affects the health of your heart. Eating a well-balanced, low-fat diet with a variety of healthful foods is a great way to help your heart.
Choosing healthful foods — even if you are in a time crunch — and eating only when you are hungry is important.
- A diet high in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats puts you at an increased risk for heart disease.
- A diet high in sodium makes your body retain fluid and can raise your blood pressure.
- A diet too high or too low in potassium can make your heart rhythm irregular.
Follow the diet created by your health care team.