Reducing Your Risk of Heart Failure
- Aim for a Healthy Weight
- Discontinue or Avoid Smoking
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Maintain Normal Blood Pressure
- Decrease or Discontinue Alcohol Consumption
- Exercise Regularly
- High-fat processed meats, such as bologna, sausage, hot dogs
- Solid fats, such as shortening, stick butter, or lard
- Whole milk, cream, ice cream, and cheese
- Baked goods that contain egg yolks and butter
- Fried foods such as fried chicken, french fries, and potato chips
- Fatty red meats or organ meats, such as liver
- Saturated oils like coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/00/2013 -
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