Clinical nutrition is the application of eating a healthy diet with the goal of preventing, managing, and treating heart disease. Eating foods that are good for you, exercising regularly, and taking medications as prescribed by your physician are the most effective ways to maintain heart and overall health.
Heart-healthy diets such as the DASH and Mediterranean diets have been found to significantly reduce blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, as well as, death from heart disease. The DASH diet emphasizes eating lots of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, as well as, an ounce of lightly or unsalted nuts daily. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by eating more monounsaturated fat, especially from extra virgin olive oil, legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), and fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines weekly.
Anyone who is interested in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, or weight can benefit from meeting with a clinical nutritionist. A clinical nutritionist identifies areas where you can improve your diet and discusses realistic ways you can put the recommendations into action. Your clinical nutritionist takes into consideration foods you like and dislike and will teach you how to cook and purchase healthier food options.
At the Preventative Cardiology Clinic, you will meets at least once with the clinical nutritionist to establish specific dietary recommendations. You and nutritionist work together to create a plan, which is workable, realistic, and takes into consideration food preferences. You will leave this meeting with an overall goal and clear suggestions for how to achieve the goal. In addition to helpful hand-outs and recipes, you may contact the nutritionist on MyChart for further clarification or follow-up questions.
To schedule an appointment with a heart disease prevention expert at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.