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The American Heart Association (AHA) publishes dietary and lifestyle recommendations for general heart health.footnote 1
These recommendations are for healthy adults and children older than age 2 as well as people who already have health problems such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or heart failure.
The AHA recommends that you:
Special considerations include the following:
These recommendations from the AHA are just one of several eating plans that help keep your heart healthy. Other heart-healthy eating plans are the DASH diet, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the Mediterranean diet. You may have a hard time knowing which one might be right for you. To help you compare these eating plans, see:
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.
CitationsAmerican Heart Association (2006). Diet and lifestyle recommendations revision 2006. Circulation, 114(1): 82-96. [Erratum in Circulation, 114(1): e27.] Eckel RH, et al. (2013). 2013 AHA/ACC guideline on lifestyle management to reduce cardiovascular risk: A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/11/11/01.cir.0000437740.48606.d1.citation. Accessed December 5, 2013.Vos MB, et al. (2016). Added sugars and cardiovascular disease risk in children: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 134:00-00. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000439. Accessed August 30, 2016. Other Works ConsultedExpert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents (2011). Expert panel on integrated guidelines for cardiovascular health and risk reduction in children and adolescents: Summary report. Pediatrics, 128(Suppl 5): S213-S256.Johnson RK, et al. (2009). Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 120(11): 1011-1020.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerColleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered DietitianKathleen M. Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH - Internal Medicine
Current as ofApril 3, 2017
Current as of: April 3, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian & Kathleen M. Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH - Internal Medicine
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