CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH & NUTRITION
When you are looking to get healthy or lose some weight, it’s not uncommon for people to seek the help of a registered dietitian. But when you are diagnosed with a cardiovascular issue it can feel overwhelming and a nutritionist is not at the top of your mind. Whether it’s heart disease, sinus tachycardia, hypertension, hypo-tension or another cardiovascular medical issue, it’s widely known that a healthy diet provides better outcomes. We know that heart disease is the #1 killer within the United states and nutrition can make all the difference.
Long Term Cardiovascular Benefits
When you utilize the help of a nutritionist to help you gain control of your cardiovascular health issues, you will begin seeing your health improve almost immediately but remember that this is a long-term process. Here are some of the long-term benefits you’ll see when you work with a registered dietitian for your cardiovascular health:
Get to a Healthy Weight: while not every cardiovascular issue is weight-related, some of them are and this is a nice benefit to working with a nutritionist.
Lower Your Cholesterol: for many heart diseases, cholesterol plays a contributing role and we can help lower your cholesterol levels that will benefit your long-term health.
Manage Blood Pressure: this is another contributor to many heart health issues – whether it’s lowering blood pressure or raising it, we’ll work through this together with better foods and proper nutrition.
Reduce Your Risk for Other Heart Diseases: there is a deep connection between the foods you eat and various heart diseases – with a proper, nutritious diet, you can reduce the risk of obtaining other heart diseases.
Part of Your Cardiovascular Health Team
Think about the last time you checked in with your cardiologist about your heart. Your doctor may have asked you about your diet but the conversation may not have gone further than that. This can lead patients to feeling overwhelmed with nowhere to turn. That is where I come in. You and I will work together – creating a personalized food plan that considers your eating schedule, food preferences, and your nutritional requirements. Together, we’ll also work on creating a healthy lifestyle – not diet – that can help you achieve optimum heart health. Some of what we’ll do together is counseling-based because we are going to work through your own eating blockers and lifestyle choices to help you breakthrough old habits, which will help you create a sustainable lifestyle.
Medical Nutrition Therapy for Cardiovascular Health
When you hire a nutritionist for cardiovascular health, the treatment plan usually follows medical nutrition therapy, or MNT for short. To help you manage heart health, medical nutrition therapy involves a diagnosis and therapeutic nutrition counseling services. There is a variety of approaches to discuss when it comes to nutrition that will help you improve your cardiovascular health like simplified meal plans, understanding healthy food choices, counting fats and eating the right kind of fats, and behavior strategies. Research shows that utilizing a nutritionist for heart health regularly will also help you manage your weight which can lead to improving your cholesterol levels and potentially decreasing the need for medication.
Nutrition Consulting Packages
Nutrition for Cardiovascular Health
We will review your meal plan and develop a program that appeals to you and meets your dietary needs.
A Custom Meal Plan for Your Healthy Life
Goals & Overall Health
We set attainable goals and work together to achieve them. At each session we will review your meal plan and discuss ways to meet your goals for the long-term.
Using a Nutritionist for Optimum Heart Health
It’s important to remember that getting healthy is a marathon, not a race and before you start on your journey with any dietitian, it is important to consider what you want to get out of your partnership. It’s important to think of the goals you want to set, and how attainable those goals are. Together, work through those goals through each step of your journey. We’re in this together for the long-haul, as partners committed to your health. With me, you’ll receive support and guidance through every step. I’ll be here to cheer you on from the start and we’ll celebrate each victory together.
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Randi Weissberger is a registered dietitian in Bethesda, MD servicing the greater Washington DC-area and more . She specializes in pediatric nutrition, family needs, long-term care, weight management, eating disorders, health fitness and more.