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What should I eat to protect my heart?

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It’s true: Heart-healthy meals can make a difference. Simple tweaks to your diet can benefit your health, whether you want to prevent future problems, already live with high cholesterol or blood pressure, or have heart trouble like atrial fibrillation.

Focus on lean meats, vegetables, and whole grains.

From: How to Eat to Protect Your Heart WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Most Americans Don't Understand the Health Effects of Wine and Sea Salt, Survey Finds."

CDC: "Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States."

Consumer Reports : "Heart Health."

N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

Heart Healthy Women: "Diet," "Heart Healthy Diet -- Fiber and Grains."

Making Health Easier: "The New (Ab)Normal."

Gordon Tomaselli, MD, cardiology division chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Most Americans Don't Understand the Health Effects of Wine and Sea Salt, Survey Finds."

CDC: "Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States."

Consumer Reports : "Heart Health."

N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

Heart Healthy Women: "Diet," "Heart Healthy Diet -- Fiber and Grains."

Making Health Easier: "The New (Ab)Normal."

Gordon Tomaselli, MD, cardiology division chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

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