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McKinney TX Residents Get Heart Smart Nutritional & Lifestyle Guidance

At the Cardiac Center of Texas we regularly hold “group health appointments” led by aGroup Appointment Being Led at the Cardiac Center of Texas licensed dietitian. We offer this unique service to our patients because we know all too well the impact diet and lifestyle can have on their cardiovascular health. There is a lot of information out there and we want to make sure patients understand how to incorporate heart healthy nutrition and lifestyle modifications into their daily life for improved heart health.


We took notes from our most recent class to share with you:


Today’s topic of discussion was the common habits of grocery shopping and list of common grocery items.We also discussed the methods by which the shop owners place the produce and items so as to sell us what we don’t need. To trick us and entice us to buy most of the things we see.


We can prevent catastrophic disease by eating right and exercising regularly.


We discussed the importance of doing regular daily exercise and not focusing on weight loss as the ultimate outcome. Doing regular exercise help prevent heart disease even if the patient is not losing weight. Exercise helps even if the patient is not realizing it. The problem arises when people tend to see weight loss as the healthy outcome of exercise. This is not true. Regular daily exercise helps irrespective of weight loss.


We recommended daily exercise that will reduce his risk of significant CAD in future.
We have discussed significance of healthy diet including lean proteins, vegetables and fluids and avoid extensive use of carbs and unsaturated fats.
Fava beans have the most potent anti oxidant and anti cancer properties.
Dr. Oz also had a whole program on Fava beans.


Discussed how we can modify and change the “To Go Food” recipe so that we can have a healthy snack. We recommended going online to the respective restaurant website and study the menu to make a healthy snack. For example, going to chipotle, subway, etc.


We discussed different food, snack food and fast food options. Dietary therapy including AHA diet emphasized to patient. Patient instructed to avoid saturated fat and high cholesterol diet.


We also discussed how the preservatives in the meat are one of the main culprits for developing heart disease and colon cancer.There are certain food chains which are using farm raised meat. There are one or two fast food chains, including Chipotle which are using non processed meat. Few other chains are considering adopting the practice.
We provided the patients with list of local grocery stores and the names of healthy food options. Different food options discussed and all questions were answered.


If this sounds like information you would benefit from, call us and ask us about our “group health appointments”  972-529-6939.

YES TO FISH – Very Important In Preventing & Managing Cardiovascular Disease

Salmon, Fish, Omega 3I never thought that fish could be vital to my life. We grew up eating meats like pork and beef. Now we are realizing that we are killing ourselves by our eating habits. As Dr. Bill Roberts from Baylor University Medical Center said, “We kill the cows to eat and eventually they kill us.”

Omega-3 was recently introduced into our lives. In the early 1900s, we discovered that there are certain polyunsaturated fatty acids essential to our life, and the deficiency of those essential fatty acids then led to the development of several diseases, including heart disease. Until the 1980s, we were not sure about the exact role of Omega-3.

 What is Omega-3?

In the early 1900s, scientist discovered essential fatty acids, which would lead them to outside source, since the body cannot synthesize them. The essential fatty acids are an important part of each individual cell and are highly recommended in maintaining the health of the individual cell. Their presence can make cells more stable and resistant. Our diet has both Omega-3 and Omega-6. The Omega-3 has an anti-inflammatory effect, while the Omega-6 has an opposite action. The most important omega-3s are ALA (which is alpha-linolenic acid), DHA, and EPA. DHA and EPA are purely derived from the fish, especially the fish from cold water. Namely salmon, which has the highest content of it, but also other fish like tuna and herring.


ALA is derived from the vegetable source, and it is not as important as the other two. The DHA and EPA are intangible to human health, and depletion leads to several bodily ailments. As I mentioned, Omega-6 has an opposite effect and prone to develop inflammation and thrombosis. Omega-6 is also known to participate in plaque buildup in the heart, brain dysfunctioning, as well as arthritis and skin disorders. Most of Omega-6 that we get is from an animal source, especially from beef and pork.


  Western Diets and Omega-3

Western diet is very deficient in Omega-3. For that reason, the incidence of heart disease and other ailments are very high in the U.S.A. The usual ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 should be 1:4, while in most of North America, it is 1:10, and in some cases it is 1:25. This means we should all take a supplement to counterbalance the diseases of modern civilization, i.e. metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases.


  Clinical benefits of Omega-3:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Reduce triglycerides.
  • Slow the development of plaques in the arteries.
  • Reduce the chance of abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke.
  • Lessen the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease.


It is confusing to the consumer to find the right brand of fish oil and how much to take. Without naming any brand, any fish oil brand has to be a certified brand of IFOS (International Fish Oil Standard). For more information, the consumer should visit (Council for Responsible Nutrition). The FDA states that taking no more than 3 grams of fish oil daily is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). Also, the Omega Association recommends a dose up to 1 gram supplementation.


For people with known disease, as mentioned above, recommendations are from 2 – 3 grams a day. More than 3 grams a day is only recommended for a known history of coronary artery disease and treatment of hypertriglyceridemia. However, under this condition, you should not be taking a higher dose without a physician’s consultation.. Taking more than 3 grams of fish oil daily may increase the risk of bleeding and interaction with several medications and therefore, physician approval is necessary.


Widespread use of Omega-3 needs education of both consumer and physician. Now the American Heart Association is almost making it mandatory to take Omega-3 supplements on a daily basis. Maybe in the future, primary prevention will become one of the priorities of our country instead of trying to manage and treat disease. Say “YES” to fish and Omega-3.