Welcome - I haven't had a heart attack either but a flu virus (most likely cause) damaged my heart and I have very low function. Bebarb has some sound advice below. Really watch for the sodium. They now say we shouldn't eat more than 1200 gr a day and the average Canadian and American eats about 3500! Almost all the low sugar, low fat foods in the grocery stores are laced with more and more sodium to make up for the missing taste in the "lite" foods. I hope your husband will be as enthusiastic about the life changes needed as you seem to be.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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Welcome. I haven't had a heart attack, but I've had major health issues and it's just plain scary trying to figure out what you should do to avoid more problems. But you're on the right track. Remember dramatic changes tend to fail. Make your changes gradually. As for protein and calories, boneless, skinless chicken breast is your best friend. Beans are good, but canned beans can have a lot of salt, so make sure you rinse them well. Good luck in your new lifestyle.
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Hello Healthy Hearts Team, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Becky and I live in southeastern PA. My husband suffered a heart attack last week. They fixed him up and he's feeling better than ever. I feel as if we have been given a second chance and don't want to blow it. I'm using this site to watch what we eat. It's a challenge to get the required protein without going over in calories and fat, but I'm up for it! I've read a lot about cholesterol, high blood pressure, and saturated fat in the last week. I'm still figuring out how to navigate in the community boards. This is new for me and I'd be interested in hearing how others are dealing with life after a heart attack. LindaM, thank you for commenting on my Spark Page although it took me 3 days to notice!
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