Working with a dietitian

A dietitian can help you and your family as you learn new patterns of eating. He or she can help you understand the daily eating plan that is best for you, and can give you written materials that can help you establish new habits

Ask your primary care provider for a referral to a clinic or hospital dietitian. However, just because you have a referral doesn't mean your insurance will cover it. Call your insurance provider to learn about your coverage

If you are in the hospital, a staff dietitian is available to review heart-smart eating. Or, after your discharge, your doctor can send a referral to your hospital’s outpatient nutrition department and you can see a dietitian.

Your clinic or hospital has many outpatient services that can help you—dietitians, physical therapists, rehabilitation therapists, nurses and more.

Ask your health care team what's available in your area.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Nutrition Guide for a Healthy Heart, nutr-ah-91555
First Published: 04/01/2016
Last Reviewed: 04/01/2016