Dietitians: Your Allies in the Fight Against Heart Disease

Dont hesitate to take advantage of this valuable resource to help you learn more about the connection between heart health and diet.

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If you have atherosclerotic heart disease or the risk factors for it, you may benefit from nutrition counseling by a registered dietitian. Dont let unfounded fears prevent you from taking advantage of the valuable advice a dietitian can provide.Were not going to take away all the food you love or tell you to become a vegetarian. Its all about moderation and balance, says Kate Patton, RD, M.Ed., a registered dietitian in Cleveland Clinics Heart & Vascular Institute.A dietitian will take your primary concern-for example, fluid retention in heart failure, diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure or too many extra pounds-and tweak your diet to reduce your risk. Patton says its all about making swaps and substitutions.
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