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How does diet affect heart disease?

Dr. Suzanne R. Steinbaum, DO
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

What and how we eat is essential to maintaining a healthy heart; a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains and fish is ideal. Watch cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, explain the why a healthy diet is key to heart health.

Several aspects of peoples' dietary patterns have been linked to heart disease and related conditions. These include diets high in saturated fats and cholesterol, which raise blood cholesterol levels and promote atherosclerosis. High salt or sodium in the diet causes raised blood pressure levels.

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