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Eating habits

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.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts