How should I cook for a heart attack patient?

2 answers | Last updated: Nov 02, 2016
Timrl209s asked...

How do you cook a proper heart attack patient's diet with 2000 mg salt and 15 fat grams per day. This patient also has congestive heart failure. What foods and meal preparation techniques are best?

Expert Answers

Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40 years of nursing experience in Cardiology between them. The main goal of their work is to counsel, motivate and empower women to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

You're best bet is to prepare foods and meals from scratch. Prepared dishes and canned foods are generally very high in sodium (salt).

"¢ Stick with the fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.

"¢ Try to limit each meal to 500-600mg of sodium because the person you're caring for may want to have a snack during the day also.

"¢ Choose alternative spices like garlic, pepper, paprika, or salt substitutes such as Mrs. Dash or potassium salts.

"¢ Stay away from foods high in saturated fats such as red meats, cheese, fried foods, buttery, creamy dishes.

"¢ Always opt for the low-fat or fat free dairy options--but beware: when fat is removed from products, salt is often added for taste. (Be sure to check the labels.)

"¢ Choose lean proteins like fish, chicken, turkey, or white meat pork, like center cut pork chops.

"¢ Bake, grill or broil your foods and use olive oil, canola oil, or fat-free sprays instead of butter or margarine when you cook.

Finally, if you do go out to eat, ask for sauces on the side or ask that they prepare the food without added salt. Most restaurants will honor special requests.

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Adjunct prof.rosellfernandez answered...

shop organic. millions of recipes online. leek soups, wonderful casseroles. stay away from salt. use sparingly we need only 45 mg's a day! we intake over 2000! stay away from everything that is frozen packaged processed. use all kinds of fruits for the anti oxidant properties,salads, fiber to clear the arteries, congestive heart failure entails too much water, but you need it to flush the system,the bottom line is you need to keep the "plumbing" clear,clean and use mild exercise sitting down, most likely this person is on medication which reeks havoc with the liver. Start with a warm glass of filtered water in the am with fresh lemon juice. while you are at it toss the sugar and all high fructose products which is in just about everything,including the so called wonder breakfast cereals. Consult with homeopathic doctors and naturalists not necessarily "vegan" which appears to be a trendy word. The fact is that there are thousands of delicious healthy foods we can ingest that we never know about due to commercialism and pure profit.

Prof.Rosell Fernandez/Cultural Anthropologist with my own 40 years experience,and a mother whose life was curtailed by the so called medical community and their dogma on medication and junk food. Which the nurses and doctors themselves eat in the cafeteria of their respective hospitals.