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Diet to Stop Your Heart from Failing

Updated on February 18, 2010

Your Heart

Congestive Heart Failure

What is CHF?

CHF is when “the heart does not pump enough blood out to the rest of the body to meet the body’s demand for energy.”

So why is nutrition so important?

It actually plays an important role in managing CHF. Healthy and nutritious foods help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. It helps manage the electrolytes that are out of balance. It also manages the body’s weight, and keeps the heart muscle, vessels, and nervous system working efficiently. All of these things help the heart and the body working properly.

These are some steps that can help mange CHF:

•    Limit sodium intake: Sodium is an electrolyte that balances the body’s water. By reducing sodium in our diets it helps reduce the workload of the heart and the fluid retention.
•    Increasing the potassium intake: Usually with CHF the electrolytes are lower than usual because of diuretics or other causes. Potassium helps control muscle contractions and this is very important for the heart!
•    Limit fluid intake: Since the body is experiencing fluid overload, fluid has to be limited to decrease the workload of the heart.
•    Increase thiamine intake: This is a very crucial vitamin that helps the heart, muscles, and the nervous system function properly.
•    Eating more fruits and vegetables and less of trans and saturated fats: By eating low-fat foods and increasing fruits and vegetables, blood pressure, cholesterol, and future diseases such as CAD, can be reduced.

For the long run, children need to learn about nutritious diets and how to prevent future problems by what they consume!


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