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.
Katarzyna Ostrzenska, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
- Bayfront Medical Center
Does eating nuts decrease my risk for coronary heart disease?
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What are the dangers of pregnancy if I have BAV disease?
Pregnancy puts added stress on the heart and major blood vessels so it is important that you consult with your cardiologist, who regularly treats patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease (an abnormality of the aortic valve) and/or aortic aneurysm (enlargement of the aorta), before becoming pregnant. Your health care team will determine if it is safe for you to become pregnant based on the size of your aorta, your heart muscle function and the severity of your aortic valve disease. Some women with moderate or severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening) who become pregnant have needed surgery for their valve after delivery, earlier than expected due to accelerated progression of the disease.
How many women in the United States die each year from heart disease?
Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Heart disease, in all its forms, is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths a year among women -- more than all forms of cancer combined. And although new research on the importance of heart-healthy diets, exercise, and quitting smoking has decreased heart disease rates among men in the past 30 years, the rate for women hasn’t budged, according to a report from the National Institute of Nursing.
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