A heart attack is a serious medical condition that occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. The blockage is usually caused by the accumulation of plaque particles.
Sometimes plaque (which is made of fat, cholesterol, and other substances) can rupture and form a clot that blocks the flow of the blood. As a certain section of the heart muscles are deprived of blood and vital oxygen the heart stops working and a heart attack is triggered.
How Does It Affect You?
A heart affects you by damaging your heart muscles as they are deprived of oxygen. The heart muscles without oxygen begin to die and form scar tissue instead.
This paves the road for further complications in the future. It may lead to complications such as irregular heartbeat, heart rupture, heart failure, leaking heart valves, etc. It can also lead to future heart attacks if neglected.
Foods To Avoid After A Heart Attack
- Fried Foods
Reducing your cholesterol after a heart attack should be your priority. In failing to do so you risk further heart attacks in the future and increase the risk of a stroke. Avoiding fried foods which directly build up plaque in your arteries and clog them is very necessary.
- Processed Meats
Processed meats are very high in trans fats and preservatives both of which are very harmful to the heart. These meats are also loaded with sodium and nitrates that increase blood pressure and unnecessarily strain your heart. High blood pressure can lead to another heart attack and it is very dangerous as there are no symptoms for high blood pressure.
- Sugary or baked goods
Sugary or baked goods are very high in trans fats and immediately increase the triglycerides in your blood. Processed sweets are also having salt which is unexpected but it goes on to increase blood pressure directly impacting the heart.
- Salted snacks
Nuts are good for you and add a dose of healthy fats into your diet. But salted nuts do the opposite. They increase your blood pressure and increase the risk of having another heart attack. Switching from salted nuts to unsalted nuts will benefit you without any side effects. Avoid eating crackers or other savory snacks as they will be high in salt. Opt for low sodium snacks instead.
- Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate contains a lot of fat and sugar. Processed milk chocolate also has salt in it along with sugar and fat. This directly impacts your heart in a negative manner. Switching to pure dark chocolate actually protects your heart and enhances your mood. It doesn’t come with fat, sugar, or salt hence it has no side effects either.
- Condiments like sauces and ketchup
Condiments like salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, etc. may not taste like they have a lot of salt or sugar added to them, but that is not the case. They are highly loaded with it and it only serves to increase the blood sugar levels and your blood pressure impacting your heart.
- Sugary soda and drinks
Sugary sodas not only contain high amounts of sugar that play haywire with your blood glucose levels but they also contain a lot of chemicals and preservatives that have a deep impact on the body. They not only harm the heart but are detrimental to other organs as well. Continuing to drink soda even after a heart attack is a sure-fire way to increase your chances of getting another heart attack or a stroke.
- Red meat
Red meat is never considered a heart-healthy food. Drenching in excess fat red meat does more harm than good. Red meat is also loaded with preservatives and other chemicals making it hard for the body to remove these toxins.
- Fast food
Fast food is bad for your health as it is high in sodium, sugar, and trans fat. All this impacts your heart directly and there is no nutrition to be gained from eating fast foods. Opt for healthy home-cooked meals where there is total control over the ingredients.
- Hydrogenated vegetable oils
Hydrogenated vegetable oils are created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oils such as corn oil or palm olein oil. These oils are high in density and increase the triglyceride levels in the body when consumed.
They easily form plaques and clog the arteries. It is very difficult for the body to eliminate them in the form of waste and puts unnecessary strain on the liver when it tries to remove them from the body. It also impacts the heart when the plaque clogs the arteries.
So, it can be concluded that switching to healthier alternatives, preparing more home-cooked meals, and being conscious of what you eat helps you in preventing further heart attacks in the future. It goes without saying that alcohol consumption should be limited and quit smoking completely.