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.
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Does eating nuts decrease my risk for coronary heart disease?
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What precautions are recommended for patients with diseased heart valves?
SCAI answeredPerhaps you were diagnosed with a heart valve problem but your physician said it was not severe and he or she recommended monitoring its progress over more aggressive treatment. Or perhaps you recently underwent valvuloplasty or valve replacement or repair. In either case, there are actions you can take in your daily life to minimize future heart valve problems. Your physician can help you develop a plan for staying well that is tailored to your condition.
Your physician’s recommendations may include some of the following:
Infection prevention. Seeking early treatment for a suspected strep throat infection can reduce your chances of contracting rheumatic fever, which can cause your heart valves to thicken in the first place. Also, if you have heart valve disease and need to undergo surgical or dental procedures, talk to your doctor or dentist about antibiotic treatment beforehand. Antibiotics can help prevent infective endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s lining that can further damage valves. Your doctor or dentist should follow the American Heart Association’s recommendations for when precautionary antibiotics should be taken to prevent endocarditis.
Medications. If your heart valve disease is not serious enough to require surgery or if you have already had surgery, your physician may prescribe medication as part of your wellness plan. Common medications for managing valvular heart disease include diuretics to help reduce fluid in the body through urination and anti-hypertensive medication to decrease high blood pressure and to reduce the workload on the heart.
Regular doctor’s visits. If you do not have severe heart valve disease, your physician may recommend monitoring rather than surgery. Your doctor will periodically review your symptoms, have you come in for regular examinations, and possibly order additional echocardiograms. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly to monitor whether your heart valve disease is worsening. If you have already had valvuloplasty or valve repair or replacement, regular check-ups are equally important. Your physician can help you track the continued effectiveness of these procedures.
Exercise and diet. Talk to your doctor about appropriate diet changes and levels of exercise. Modest exercise can help reduce high blood pressure, a risk factor for valvular heart disease.
What are the most common heart birth defects?
Of all birth defects that occur, heart defects are the most common, affecting one in every 100 babies. Common congenital heart defects include:
-Valvar pulmonary or aortic stenosisAtrial septal defects
-Ventricular septal defectsAtrioventricular septal (endocardial cushion) defect
-Coarctation of the aorta
-Tetralogy of Fallot
-Transposition of the great arteries
-Hypoplastic left heart syndrome/Single ventricle
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