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Feed Your Heart Right to Keep your Lifeblood Flowing

No one likes clogged-up sinks. But clogged-up arteries are even worse because you cannot simply unclog them with drain cleaners. Yet, by adhering to a heart-healthy diet, you can reduce your chances of developing narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to heart attacks. If you already have atherosclerosis, you can actually slow down, stop or even reverse the disease.

Just change your diet. It seems easy until you consider all the conflicting advice presented by the media and the Internet. First the experts say eggs are bad. Then they say they are good. Some recommend a daily glass of wine, while others ban alcohol. Then there are those diet gurus who advocate restricted carbohydrates and unlimited fats. Soon your head starts spinning.

That is why you should rely on Cleveland Clinic's MyConsult Nutrition Consultation, a convenient, online nutrition program that gives you easy answers to these questions and many more. Rather than telling you what you cannot eat (like most dietary plans), the program takes a positive approach and focuses on what you can and should eat. In fact, research has shown that adding heart-protective foods is just as important as cutting back on others.

MyConsult Nutrition Consultation is customized to meet your individual needs. The Web-based program connects you to a Cleveland Clinic Heart Center registered dietician who develops a personalized, comprehensive nutrition program based on your unique requirements. The program includes two, individualized dietary sessions with the dietitian, incorporating the most up-to-date research findings.

"We empower people to make positive changes in their lives," says Melissa Ohlson, one of the program's dietitians. "It feels good to see the successes. For example, I've seen patients reduce their triglycerides by 30 percent and make dramatic reductions in their cholesterol and sugar levels."

To take advantage of the nutrition program, visit www.eclevelandclinic.org and click on "Nutrition Consultation." Here you can read about the program. If you decide to register, you will establish a secure user name and password. Once this is done, you can access the MyConsult Nutrition Consultation service from any computer.

After completing a simple, online questionnaire and consent form, your dietician will send you a thorough, detailed report within five to seven business days. Then a few days later, you will receive your first consultation.

Lighten your heart in more ways than one. Try MyConsult Nutrition Consultation.


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