Congestive Heart Failure and Nutrition

Mar 31, 2021

By Dr. Sean M. Wells, PT, DPT, ATC/L, OCS, CSCS, CNPT, Cert-DN

Cardiac physical therapy is a rewarding area of PT practice that takes precision, complex thinking, and a team of specialists working toward a common goal. Often patients in cardiac rehabilitation present with chest pain (angina), ischemic heart disease, stents, bypass surgeries, and/or heart failure.

Doctors of physical therapy do their best to push these patients to maximize their endurance, functioning, and cardiac capability. We often do this through various interventions like treadmill exercises, stepping, strengthening, and breathing techniques.  After a recent study, nutrition may be one of those interventions that PTs need to focus more on.

New Study

Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found a correlation with plant-focused diets, like the MIND and Mediterranean diets, with left ventricular function. Specifically the researchers looked at cohort sample of 2,512 patients from...

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