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chaltun posted:
I just had a double bypass. I need to know what should my daily intake of the amount of sodium and fats in my food be. Kindly help. Many Thanks.
Norman
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billh99 responded:
For fats you want 25 to 35 % of the calories from fats, but no more than 7% saturated fats.

You want most of your fats to be monounsaturated (olive, canol oil, nuts, avocados) and unsaturated (mostly from fatty fish).

For sodium the main thing is to watch for prepared foods, canned soups, canned vegatables, and some TV dinners have lots of sodium.

But more important than the amount of sodium is that you consume foods with lots of potassium; ie. fruits and veggies.

Look for the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet for more details.

If they have not mentioned it talk to your doctor about Cardiac Rehab.

In addition to the exercise they have education programs on diets, meds, etc.
 
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi Norman:

Here's some good info for you.

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label

USFDA

People look at food labels for different reasons. But whatever the reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily.....

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/NFLPM/ucm274593.htm
Additionally here, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is just a clever way of temporarily circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), as this does not address the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

Most important, coronary artery disease (CAD) is a life-long unpredictable (which can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration and even some regression) condition, requiring a continuum of care, as well as good doctor/patient-patient/doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,

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Avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Choose skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. Limit servings to five to seven ounces a day. Trim visible fat. Limit egg yolks. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. Use less salt and fat. Season with herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter

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Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel or emerging) for atherosclerosis, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation) , diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes second/thirdhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), Low HDL (now questionable, according to recent studies) high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).

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Mayo Clinic

Cardiac rehab: Building a better life after heart disease

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cardiac-rehabilitation/HB00017

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