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Some groups such as the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Hypertension Canada, publish dietary and lifestyle guidelines for general heart health. These guidelines are similar to the recommendations of Canada's Food Guide.
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.
Following these tips can help make your heart healthier:
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 Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating, the DASH diet, and the Mediterranean diet.
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Adaptation Date: 5/7/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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