Americans should follow a heart healthy diet that replaces saturated fat calories with calories from either complex carbohydrates (CHO)--principally contributed by fruits, vegetables and whole grains--protein and/or unsaturated fat (like olive oil). A diet rich in monounsaturated fat, and reduced in refined CHO may also be effective in reducing serum triglycerides (TG) without adverse impact on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C).
Marc B. Kapner, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursMontefiore Medical Center Congestive Heart Failure Services
Bronx, NY 10467
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP)
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- Empire BlueCross BlueShield
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- MVP Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- How does olive oil affect heart health?
What are the risks associated with valve disease treatment?
As with all surgeries, there are inherent risks. You can reduce your risks by choosing a surgeon and surgery center with well-documented experience treating patients with similar conditions as yours. Because every patient’s risk factors are different, your doctor and your hospital personnel will be able to assess your risks and choose the best treatment.
What are the risks of a resting and exercise radionuclide angiogram (RNA)?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredA resting and exercise radionuclide angiogram (RNA) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure that evaluates the heart's chambers in motion. The amount of the radionuclide injected into your vein for the procedure is small enough that there is no need for precautions against radioactive exposure. The injection of the radionuclide may cause some slight discomfort. Allergic reactions to the radionuclide are rare.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician due to the risk of injury to the fetus from radionuclide angiography. Radiation exposure during pregnancy may lead to birth defects. If you are lactating or breastfeeding, you should notify your physician due to the risk of contaminating breast milk with the radionuclide.
Patients who are allergic to or sensitive to medications, contrast dyes, iodine, tape, or latex should notify their physician. There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure. Nicotine in cigarettes may cause spasm in the coronary arteries, which could affect the test results.
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