What are patients actually eating: the dietary practices of cardiovascular disease patients
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Coronary Disease; *Diet; Humans; Risk Factors
Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventative Medicine
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine dietary quality for patients after a coronary heart disease (CHD) event using a selective review.
RECENT FINDINGS: Poor dietary quality is a risk for patients before and after CHD events. Although cardiac rehabilitation programs often contain a nutrition education component and are advised for many patients, few patients attend cardiac rehabilitation. The American population experiences many difficulties with adherence to a higher-quality diet. A diet high in dietary quality is important in reducing risk of recurrent disease, yet few patients who have faced life-threatening cardiac events are adherent to such dietary recommendations.
SUMMARY: A review of the literature indicates the need for postevent dietary evaluation and effective nutrition counseling with ongoing follow-up. In addition, we need to demonstrate the effectiveness of such approaches.
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Citation: Curr Opin Cardiol. 2010 Sep;25(5):518-21. Link to article on publisher's site