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Nutritional Counseling

Foods, Diet & Supplements for Cardiac Health

At the Heart Center of Philadelphia, we follow the principal “food is medicine." Our doctor will work with you to create a personalized diet plan based on your needs.

Diet

A diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Evidence suggests that the Mediterranean, dash and low-fat diets may improve cardiovascular outcomes.

Supplements

  • Niacin, a type of vitamin B3, may modestly decrease the risk of cardiovascular events in those at high risk, especially in those with specific lipid abnormalities.
  • Magnesium supplementation can lower high blood pressure in a dose-dependent manner.
  • Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acid supplements may lower blood pressure, reduce clotting and decrease risk of stroke or heart failure.
  • A supplement is recommended for those with low vitamin D levels.
  • Coenzyme Q10 can potentially counteract the negative affects statins have on muscles and muscle aches. It has other positive cardiovascular properties as well.
  • Plant stanols/sterols are recommended by the American Heart Association, as they may benefit people with lipid disorders and can lower cholesterol by as much as 15%.