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What kind of diet should be taken in case of enlarged heart ?

I just found out that my boyfriend has an enlarged heart and I am trying to find out as much as I can about it. What I would like to know is what kind of foods would be good for him. He has not seen a cardiologist yet but is being recommended by his doctor. We just found out yesterday. I have gotten over the shock and now I just want to know what I need to do to help him stay healthy.
Asked On : Mon, 2 Apr 2012
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Cardiologist 's  Response
You havenot mentioned age of your boyfriend here , but in young age groups causes for enlarged heart can be either cardiomyopathy or valvular heart diseases You need to do color doppler test of heart first to come to a conclusion about dilated heart - enlarged heart and later to asses its severity .
Dietary restrictions will come into action at later stages .
In cardiomyopathy medical management helps and in valvular heart diseases , either medical or surgical treatments are available .
Answered: Tue, 3 Apr 2012
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Cardiologist, Interventional Dr. (Prof.) Subroto Mandal's  Response
hello n Welcome ....
first of all diagnosis of enlarge HEART has to made, weather its really enlarged. if so, we have to find out the underlying cause of ENLARGED HEART.
once its confirm then u have to concentrate on treatment and DIET advice.
so, first go to a CARDIOLOGIST to confirm or exclude enlarged heart.
usually in enlarged heart we should be on salt restriction, avoid oily food/non-vegetarian food.
wish u a healthy heart
Answered: Tue, 3 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Aparna Kohli's  Response
Hi Tinisha,
Thanks for writing in.
Food for a healthy heart comprise of a healthy and a balanced diet. The following things need to be kept in mind:
a. Replace all refined food with whole grain cereal.
b. Limit the amount of carbohydrate, fat and salt he's taking. Salt intake should be ,1 tsp a day. We should remember that a lot of things have salt in them. So we basically need to restrict over the counter salt.
c. He should have plenty of fruits and vegetables.
d. Totally avoid junk food, smoking and alcohol.

Hope this helps.
Answered: Mon, 2 Apr 2012
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