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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Where does your heart receive its blood from?
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Your heart's blood comes from the coronary arteries.
When we are born, the arteries are big, smooth and soft. But as we grow older, we cause damage to those once-supple arteries through fast food, stress, lack of exercise and age.
Through the decades the arteries gather fatty deposits, known collectively as plaque, along their inner walls. That causes the arteries to harden and narrow in a condition called atherosclerosis.
When it is unchecked, atherosclerosis may worsen and turn into coronary artery disease, which is known as CAD.
How is a congenital heart defect treated?
Depending on the type of congenital heart defect you have and your other medical problems, your doctor will recommend different treatment options. Some options include:
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- Open heart surgery to repair the defect
- Medical management with mMedication and watching for symptoms of a fluid shunt or heart failure
- Closure of the defect with a procedure in the cardiac catheterization lab. This procedure involves inserting a catheter into the femoral vein and placing a metal mesh closure device over the defect. Your doctor can explain this procedure in detail if it is an option for you.