Question: What is the proper diet for people with coronary heart disease? Lena (Jacksonville).
Answer: Patients with known coronary heart disease need to have very low levels of cholesterol in their blood, without increasing blood pressure and with controlled glucose. This is achieved through diet, medication, and exercise. The diet that we recommend in these cases is the typical Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables, fruits, fish and non-fat grilled meats, prepared with virgin olive oil and avoiding salt. Take skim dairy and avoid cold cuts, industrial pastries and precooked.