In this episode of Patient Pulse, Dr. Michelle O’Donoghue from Brigham and Women’s Hospital focuses on a common patient question: “what should I really be eating for heart health?” Patients and clinicians are bombarded with mixed messaging around food, and there’s a lot confusion about what a “healthy diet” really looks like. Join Dr. O’Donoghue for a breakdown of some key nutritional studies and simple steps that you can take to boost your own heart health.
Some take-home points:
- Nutrition and diets are hard to study for a number of reasons
- It’s hard to monitor exactly what study participants are eating
- We can’t always link food to outcomes or diseases
- …But several clinical trials have shown that some diets can help cut cholesterol and reverse signs of heart disease
- Healthy diets typically include plant-based foods and low amounts of sugar, refined grains, and processed foods