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I have lupus. How can I reduce the risk of heart disease?

Related Topics: Heart Disease, Lupus
 

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People with lupus have higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population. That makes a heart-healthy diet an important part of a lupus treatment plan.

If your doctor finds you have risk factors for heart disease -- including high blood pressure or high cholesterol-- a low-fat diet and exercise may help. Your doctor may prescribe a low-sodium diet for high blood pressure.

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oils decrease the risk of heart disease. They may also protect against irregular heartbeats and help lower blood pressure. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include:

  • salmon
  • sardines
  • mackerel
  • bluefish
  • herring
  • mullet
  • tuna
  • halibut
  • lake trout
  • rainbow trout
  • ground flaxseed
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • canola oil, walnut oil, and flaxseed oil

These foods should be a part of a heart-healthy meal plan.

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