It’s important to talk with your health care provider about your diet; this includes any concerns or obstacles that may make healthy eating difficult.
It’s also a good time to discuss other important lifestyle issues such as
stress management and sleep habits. Nutrition and healthy eating are also key parts of any cardiac rehabilitation program.
Here are some questions
you might want to ask:
- How can I change my diet to make it more heart-healthy?
- Should I consult a dietitian or nutritionist? Who would you recommend?
- What types of foods should I eat, or avoid, to help prevent or manage cardiovascular disease?
- What are the best sources of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids?
- What are the most common sources of added sugars? How can I best avoid excess salt?
- Is there a specific diet you would recommend (DASH, Mediterranean or vegetarian)?
- Should I be taking any dietary supplements?
- Based on my cardiovascular risk factors, what is the most important change I can make to my diet?
- How can I create a dietary approach that fits my life and culture?