Exercise Exercise is essential for maintaining your health, and can also improve your overall sense of well-being. Even low-to-moderate intensity activities, for as little as 30 minutes a day, can be beneficial. These activities may include: • Pleasure walking • Yard work • Climbing stairs • Moderate-to-heavy housework • Gardening • Dancing 8 • Home exercise Don’t attempt these activities, however, until your doctor says you are ready for them. You should slowly increase the time you exercise and type of activity you do according to your doctor’s instructions. Enrolling in a cardiac rehabilitation program (see Chapter 3) will help you to exercise safely and at a pace that’s right for you. Eating Healthy You want to be as healthy as possible after your heart surgery. Eating a nutritious diet is a proven way to reduce the risk for heart disease. Here are some tips to help you: • Eat 2 cups fresh fruits and 2-1/2 to 3 cups vegetables every day. • Limit saturated and trans fats by PLAY VIDEO using olive oil or other vegetable Eating Well with Heart DIsease oils instead of butter or margarine. Remember also to limit your total fat intake to less than 30% of your daily calories. • Eat more chicken and fish and less red meat. • Eat 6 to 8 ounces of grains, of which at least half should be from whole-grain bread and cereal. • Limit or eliminate fast foods, which are often loaded with salt, sugar, and fats. 20 oz. juice drink = 23 sugar packets 16 oz. energy drink = 17 sugar packets 20 oz. soda = 22 sugar packets • If you drink alcohol, do so moderately. That means no more than 2 drinks a day if you’re a man, 1 if you’re a woman. • Limit your salt and sodium intake to 2,400 mg per day (about one teaspoon). • Get the equivalent of 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk or dairy products (or soy, rice, or almond milk for people who can’t tolerate lactose) every day. Milk and milk alternatives must have 130 calories or less per 8 fluid oz.
P1052 ABC Transitions in Care
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