What are patients actually eating: the dietary practices of cardiovascular disease patients
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine dietary quality for patients after a coronary heart disease (CHD) event using a selective review.
RECENT FINDINGS: Poor dietary quality is a risk for patients before and after CHD events. Although cardiac rehabilitation programs often contain a nutrition education component and are advised for many patients, few patients attend cardiac rehabilitation. The American population experiences many difficulties with adherence to a higher-quality diet. A diet high in dietary quality is important in reducing risk of recurrent disease, yet few patients who have faced life-threatening cardiac events are adherent to such dietary recommendations.
SUMMARY: A review of the literature indicates the need for postevent dietary evaluation and effective nutrition counseling with ongoing follow-up. In addition, we need to demonstrate the effectiveness of such approaches.
Yunsheng Ma, Barbara C. Olendzki, Sherry L. Pagoto, Philip A. Merriam, and Ira S. Ockene. "What are patients actually eating: the dietary practices of cardiovascular disease patients" Current opinion in cardiology 25.5 (2010).
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