Diet for the myocardial infarction patients

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Features of the diet for patients with myocardial infarction caused by three periods of illness: acute (2-10 days), medium (2-8 weeks) and after infarct. Also, not less important are the severity of disease and the development of complications, the need to be observed in special motor mode, the presence of comorbidities.

Nutritional care of such patients is aimed at restoring processes in the myocardium and improve the functioning of the heart. Diet therapy is going to correct metabolic disorders and prevent atherosclerosis. It is important to prevent weight gain and abnormalities in the digestive system.

For patients with myocardial infarction is assigned diet in which reduced energy value of food, with a gradual increase of it, limited salt, animal fats, cholesterol, nitrogenous substances. This diet should be enriched with ascorbic acid, lipotropic substances, potassium salts. It usually excludes foods that contribute to flatulence (grapes, fruits with rough fiber, milk).

The diet recommends you consists of 3 options with different chemical composition and energy value.

In a first diet, meals should be wiped. It is usually appointed during the acute phase (first 7-8 days). Patients should have meal 6 times per day.

It is recommended to use such products:

Wheat bread in the form of crackers, low-fat beef, veal, boiled chicken, perch, cod, steam scrambled eggs, milk drinks, low-fat cheese, butter and vegetable oils, cereals buckwheat, oats, semolina and rice cereals , fresh carrots, cauliflower and beets, pureed vegetable soups, honey, weak tea, broth hips, vegetable and fruit juices, coffee substitute.

It is forbidden to use such products:

Pastry, cakes, pancakes, dumplings, cakes, pastries, fatty meats, bacon, smoked products, goose, duck, brain, ham, kidney, fried foods, canned food, caviar, salted and smoked fish, fried on the cool boiled eggs, cream, salt and pungent cheese, cooking oils, pasta, beans, tribe, turnips, sorrel, grape, chocolate, spices, organic coffee, carbonated drinks, grape and tomato juice.

The second type of diet is assigned for the 2-3th week after infarction with eating 5 times per day. The products are the same as in the diet type 1. Food should be cooked without salt, but not pureed.

3 type of diet is prescribed in the period of scarring (from the 4th week), a meal up to 5 times a day. It consists of 2,500 calories per day. Liquids can be drunk up to 1 liter. Limit of salt intake to 3-5 g per day.

Diet is enriched with potassium salts that provide the contractile function of the myocardium and outputs fluid from the body. Potassium can be found in dried vegetables, fruits and berries (dried apricots, dried apricots, raisins, dates, prunes, etc.). However, some products (sorrel, lettuce, rhubarb, radish, gooseberries, blackcurrants, etc.) contains a lot of oxalic acids, which is not allowed to use for heart failure.

It will be good to replace some of the sugar with honey, which contains vitamins, trace elements, biologically active elements. Drinking on an empty stomach a glass of water with a dessert spoon of honey helps to normalize the activity of the intestine, which is especially important for bedridden patients.

If you want to know what to eat during specific disease, let us know and we will try to inform you. By the way, check our article Nutrition tips for coping with pyrosis.


  1. weni

    Hi. Thanks four your article. I am weni, nutritionist. from Indonesia. How about patients with myocardial infarction in day 1?? should patients fast for 12-24 hours?? May I give parenteral nutrition in day 1??
    Thank you so much

  2. Palak Soni

    Diet during anterior wall lad in heart n in anterior wall MI

    • doctor-c

      There is no specific diet according to myocardial infarction localization. Overall, all patients with cardiovascular diseases are recommended to maintain the Mediterranean or the DASH-diet. It is essential to reduce sodium intake to 1,5-2 g/day (pay attention to the amount of sodium in all the products you eat during the day, not only the salt you add), reduce water consumption to 1-1,5 l/day (take into account all the fluid) if there are any signs of heart failure, eat plenty of vegetables and fresh fruits, decrease red meat consumption, prefer lean chicken, meat and fish, choose dairy products low in fat and whole-grain bread, pasta and cereals. Decrease the consumption of sweets, candies, and cakes, avoid sweetened beverages.
      Make sure not only to maintain a healthy diet but also stick to the treatment plan and take regularly of the prescribed medicines.


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