Nuts, when part of a balanced diet, may help decrease your risk for coronary heart disease. Nuts help lower LDL-cholesterol (sometimes called "bad cholesterol"), improve the health of your arteries, and reduce the risk for blood clots. Nuts pack a lot of nutrition into a tiny package, including unsaturated fats, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols and vitamin E. Most nuts contain similar health benefits, including walnuts and almonds. While nuts are healthy, the majority of their calories come from fat. Nuts should be eaten in moderation, and more as a replacement for saturated fats and unhealthy snacks.
Arthur VanZee, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursSt Charles Community Health Clinic
Saint Charles, VA 24282
- Lee Regional Medical Center
Does eating nuts decrease my risk for coronary heart disease?
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What is the top killer of both men and women in the United States?
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. In addition, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can take preventive measures to protect your heart health, like eating a heart-healthy diet, maintaining your ideal weight, exercising, not smoking, and having your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides checked at least once a year.
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The skill and experience of the surgical and recovery teams are important considerations. Patients considering coronary bypass surgery always should determine whether the surgeon performs this particular operation regularly (at least two or three times per week) and whether there is a skilled recovery team and a special recovery unit.
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