A patient who has suffered a heart attack usually has severe chest pain which needs to be relieved. Also, he may be having other symptoms like shock, pulmonary edema, heart failure, or irregularities in the beat of the heat. All this needs immediate attention. Besides that, it is necessary to overcome the shock and cardiac failure, if present, and any other complications that may arise.
Suggested Menu for a Heart Attack Patient!
* Orange Juice
* Skimmed milk and cornflakes
* Skimmed milk-8oz
* Toast, unbuttered- 2 slice
* Tea or Coffee with skimmed milk
* Chapatti or boiled rice- 2 chapattis or 4oz rice
* Boiled vegetable or boiled beans or lentil- 4oz
* Skimmed milk curd
* Cheese prepared from skimmed milk
* Fresh fruit
* Tomato juice
* Green Salad
* Boiled or roasted chicken, or lean meat
* Vegetable or green peas, boiled with slight addition of groundnut oil
* Mashed Potatoes made with ground-nut oil
* Pudding made with skimmed milk.
Heart attacks can be prevented by preventing the development of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries. Besides other factors, the occurrence of atherosclerosis depends on the level of cholesterol in the blood. The level of cholesterol depends upon the intake of cholesterol and fats in the diet.
Diet Control is therefore of prime importance. Of the dietary fats, the unsaturated ones, not only do not increase the level of cholesterol but also lessen it. Skimmed milk is best as it has lesser content of milk. Butter-milk which is made of curd is very good for the coronaries. Vegetable oils such as ground-nut oil, mustard, sesame, sunflower oil, contain a lot of unsaturated fat and are good for coronaries.
Blood Pressure, which is when higher than normal, causes excessive stretching of the blood vessel wall and hastens its wear and tear. It accelerates the process of atherosclerosis. It is advisable to use less salt in the diet in order to lower the blood pressure and not depend upon drugs to do this job for you. Foods particularly high in salt are pickles, canned soups, and vegetables, sausages, hot dogs, ham, bacon, salted nuts, popcorn, potato chips, etc.