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Should I change my diet after a heart stent?

Linda Martinez
Cardiac Rehabilitation

The type of diet someone with the disease called atherosclerosis should be on is a low-fat diet. Atherosclerosis is the disease that causes plaque formation in the coronary arteries. Really, all Americans need a diet low in saturated fat (animal fat including dairy), high in fruits, vegetables and moderate use of high grain breads and cereals. The diet should include some unsalted nuts (about a tablespoon a day). Desserts such as ice cream, cake, pastries, cookies and candies should be a rare treat.

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