My Husband

By taminotpam Latest Reply 2011-12-12 12:00:43 -0600
Started 2011-10-09 15:59:53 -0500

My husband just had a stent put in his heart about a month ago. We have no idea what he can or cannot eat. Can someone help me with this?

5 replies

Maja1959 2011-12-08 18:12:01 -0600 Report

I have dilated cardio myopathy and I have to watch my diet too. I follow my sodium level closely. They say I can have 2000 mg a day. I am a secretary and I have MS Excel to I build a database. I took a box of mac and cheese and looked at the nutriional factors on the back of the box. I put those across the top of the data base. Down the left I put the date and then I would put Breakfast and I would list what I had for breakfast, then I would do this for lunch and then for supper. Then I would to down each row and add them for the day. Works for me! One thing I did do is I got a Pandigital ereader and I can do spreadsheets on it it is 7" and very light weight. I am also a diabetic so I have to watch my calories etc too. I also have to watch my potassium too as I am also on a water pill. I go on 12/16 to talk to a pacemaker doc we are discussing a difibrillator. I am to be scheduled before the end of the year. Good Luck to you!

D. Keith
D. Keith 2011-12-12 12:00:43 -0600 Report

I am a divoricec male and not looking for a nother woman always telling me to do this and do that. Like I've said, I'm a loner and enjoy being and doing what I enjoy .

CardiacDietitian 2011-11-16 17:00:09 -0600 Report

Hi. You should start by looking at his weight and lipid panel. If he's overweight, he should set a weight goal. If his lipid panel is elevated, he should really focus on lowering the amount of fat in his diet to prevent lipid surges. If his HbA1c is high then he should decrease carbohydrate intake. He should also exercise most days of the week.

LennyDenny 2011-10-31 13:22:49 -0500 Report

When I had my heart attack I have angioplasty and 4 stents put in. Was told I have coronary artery diesese, I was told that I needed to adjust my diet, they put me on the Mediterranean Diet that HH was talking about. It's not bad at all, lots of white meat like chicken, turkey and of coarse certain types of fish. They told me to cut out the sodium so I looked at labels looking at the sodium levels. It does give you a good variety of things to eat, check with his drs. to see what they think.

HeartHawk 2011-10-10 00:26:22 -0500 Report


Tough question as it depends on so many factors. Here are few suggestions.

  1. One large factor is your husbands Apo-E gene type (2, 3, or 4). This can be determined with a simple blood test. It is thought by some researchers that Apo-E2 people should avoid carbohydrates while Apo-E4 carriers shoudl avoid fats (Apo-E3 is sort of in the middle)

  2. I tend be a low-carb promoter because carbs produce higher blood sugars, insulin spikes, and weight gain - especially wheat products. This drives diabetes which drives more heart disease. I suggest reading the new best seller by cardiologist Dr. William R. Davis titled "Wheat Belly" to get all the info.

  3. Avoid large amounts of saturated fats but do consume the other healthy fats. Lean meats, fish, poultry, olive oil, and other foods that are part of what is called the Mediterranean Diet is a good start.

  4. Always be certain to discuss diet changes with your doc BEFORE you start!

Let us know how things go and what you learn about heart healthy diets. It is a hot topic here!