4 tips for cardiac patients when fasting in Ramadan
Fasting during Ramadan can help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride and is safe for most cardiac patients. However, patients with uncontrolled hypertension, previous episodes of heart attack, congenital cardiovascular anomalies, and those who have undergone cardiac surgical interventions are advised not to fast. Therefore, it is important to consult your doctor before you decide to fast to ensure fasting is the right choice for you.
Here are a few things cardiac patients should keep in mind when fasting during Ramadan:
- Avoid foods that are high in sodium, as these can elevate blood pressure.
- Consume foods rich in protein, such as chicken, fish, low-fat yogurt, and nuts.
- Limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks as these may exacerbate heart conditions.
- Increase intake of fruits and vegetables as these provide hydration and help maintain body fluids.