Cardiac Patients-Dietary Tips

•try to lose weight if you are above your ideal body.this should be a gradual process,so avoid any fat diets or quick weight loss methods.
•quality of fat is more important than quantity. along with reducing the quantity emphasize on omega 3 fats in the diet;this can be done in the form of adding flaxseeds and fish.
•avoid consumption of margarine,oily or fried foods, red meat,sweet preparations like cakes,pastries, margarine and carbonated drinks.
•foods high in magnesium helps to protect heart, include foods such as broccoli, potatoes,spinach, and wheat germ.
•include at least 8-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables in a day’s diet and 1 serving of green leafy vegetable daily.
•avoid taking any kind of stress or strain may it be physical or psychological.
**small frequent meal:
• diet with small frequent meals,to avoid any strain on the heart
• diet rich in mufa and pufa,and low in sfa
• a diet plan low in sodium content.
• a high fibre diet is recommended.
**you can improve your lifestyle in the following ways:
•quit smoking because cigarette smoking alone increases the risk of heart attack a lot.
•ayurveda asks us to exercise regularly because exercise improves the body by reducing the excess fats.
•be calm and composed. try not to be angry.if you are cool then it helps a lot in checking your high blood pressure.
•take low calorie vegetarian foods.
•laughter is the best is a relaxation therapy and it helps to overcome really helps you if you have high blood pressure.
•avoid drinking contains caffeine which may increase the blood pressure level in an individual.
•love and show affection to everyone.if you do this it will really help in dropping your blood pressure, further reducing the risk of heart problems.
•practice meditation, yoga and asanas like shavasana.

Other ayurvedic methods
?mix garlic with butter milk and drink it twice daily.garlic is very essential in alleviating heart problems by controlling blood pressure.
?dip fenugreek in water and keep it over night and chew them in the morning in empty stomach.this will help in reducing cholesterol and fats.
?terminalia arjuna and jaharmorha are the ayurvedic drugs that help in the cardio vascular treatment.
Eat heart healthy diet
dash- dietary approaches to stop hypertension
foods to avoid
•fatty (saturated) foods- butter, cheese,curd,ghee and others
•junk foods (oily and spicy foods) and carbonated drinks
•red meat (lamb and beef) and yellow portion of boiled egg
healthy diet for stable heart
•whole wheat bread,corn, cereals,whole grains (millets, hominy)
•fresh fruits
•green leafy vegetables and others (carrot, pumpkin,garlic, and others)
•fat free skimmed milk
•low fat or non fat yogurt
•vegetable oil- canola,olive and sunflower oil
•white meat fish- herring,sardine and others
•chicken or turkey skin removed
•omega-3 fatty acids,a type of polyunsaturated fat,may decrease your risk of heart attack,protect against irregular heartbeats and lower blood pressure.
•fish food rich in omega- 3 fatty acids- herring, mackerel,sardine and others
•omega-3s are present in smaller amounts in flaxseed oil, walnut oil, soybean oil and canola oil.

Normal intake of protein per day should 50 – 60 gms
– avoid animal fat, pork, beef, meat, fats, dairy product like cream butter, ghee
– avoid carbohydrates since they responsible for endogenous synthesis of cholesterol and triglycerides
– reduce calories. excess of them gives rise to obesity and obesity burdens the heart
– use nicotinc acid since it aids in reduction of lipids in blood
– adequate potassium and calcium in blood are required to prevent arrhythmia
– smoking and alcohol should be restricted
– daily intake of salt should not be more than 2-3 gms
– take food three hours before going to sleep
– take enough of roughage in the form of salads
– take adequate amount of garlic and ginger. garlic lowers the cholesterol levels and ginger reduces the blood clots
– have a gentle morning walk of up to 2-3 km everyday
– avoid hostile lifestyle
– consult an expert yoga master to learn shawasana and practice it daily

48 thoughts on “Cardiac Patients-Dietary Tips

  1. Hallo dad had angioplasty b4 9 months ….he is very fit now…but he has physical workload and I m worried about that…he is taking atrolip 40 and clovipas AP 160…1-2 times he got cramp in his left hand…is there any chance of 2nd attack in angioplasty patient….how can we prevent it


    1. Dear friend
      No need to worry. Just continue with the treatment. The cramps are due to increase of heat in the body. Give him Bhumimbadi kadha liq..three spoon liquid + three spoon lukewarm water early morning empty stomach. This will give him relief


  2. Please guide me sir, I have done angioplasty in 2010 ,after one MI , now I have no problem, walking 4 kms daily, playing TT 20 mints., my cholestrol report, tmt normal, weight is 65 kg and body slim, please tell me by cow urine or other medicine I will be benifitted or not i.e. I want to ensure that no more angio plasty is taken place, my BP is normal, by taking Ecosprin, Rozavel-25 . Please guide me should I start cow urine, I have only one problems I felt sensitive when I get shocking news about heart cases and depression comes so please guide me and give me the correct supportive medicine.


    1. dear friend…….too good… it important to keep up with your daily routine and a consious diet which i am sre u r following….just take one cap Arjun (himalaya) pharma in morning after breakfast with plain water….u wud be fine for always……


  3. Dear Dr.

    My husband had heart attack ( because he is diabetic ) he didn’t know it. After the angiogram we found out he had 3 blocks and the doc told that he need to do the bypass. We took him to the National Heart Institute, the cardiologist told us my hubby can’t do bypass because he might not survive. Even if he survive his heart will work 30 – 50%. He advised my hubby to be on medication as long he can survive. He said his heart is depressed and his heart vessels are narrow. He has given my husband 1 month to come back for ecoh and blood test. And also for us to make decision on the bypass. Pls advise what shd we do, tq


  4. Outstanding post but I was wanting tto know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further.



  5. Great advice! I started running 5 kms every morning and doing a bit of yoga in the evening. It has become part of my daily routine, and it is stunning how this little exercise impacted my life for the better.


  6. Good Evening doctor. On 08 Apr, my Father-in-Law (70years old) experienced heavy sweating and a general heaviness in his chest. We took him to hospital and he was admitted on arrival. He had suffered a heart attack as we learnt from the doctor. He has been under medication in ICU since then. This is the first instance that he has had an attack. He is currently out of danger. He is high BP an diabetic patient. Is there a requirement to undergo angiogram?


  7. My dad had undergone Anioplasty 4 days ago and is again in hospital now , because of high blood pressure , he was on ventilator and is gone too week now , still in hospital . Is there anything you can suggest to avoid this high blood pressure . is this because of any fault in angioplasty . The doctor says because of snoring CO2 increased and then the blood pressure shooted up . is this a possibility ?


    1. Regret for a late response. I hope and wish ur father recovers soon. Seems hard to comment with these details and scenario. Really sorry for that. Need to go in details of the case rather then just assuming any possibility.


  8. Really excellent information which will definitely help me to take care of my MOM who had implanted with stent.

    Thanks a ton Dr. !!


  9. the blog is excellent Dr Rajesh….my father is a 46 yr old heart patient and underwent a angigraphy surgery in which a stent was implanted…….i want to know what diet plan should be followed….he is a regular smoker and smokes around 4 to 5 cigerettes daily is there any way v can reduce his urge to smoke…..he also complaints of having acidity regularly and some times anxiety 2…….for the same he has 2 take diegene in large amounts…..has it got to do something with his diet?????????what food should he take to avoid this acidity????


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