62-yr-old Woman with Hypertention, Ventricular Hypertrophy and Congestive Heart Failure

One of the considerations with congestive heart failure is the need for fluid restriction and the patient will need to work her doctor to be able understand how much she should be getting daily.

Sodium restriction is important for bringing down the blood pressure. In the case of this woman, I would employ a DASH diet to bring down her blood pressure with emphasis on plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products such as yogurt to obtain regular amounts of calcium.
Since being overweight contributes to higher blood pressure, if she is overweight, then the DASH diet should be combined with a weight loss program by restriction of calories.

Regular aerobic exercise can also support healthy blood pressure levels. I’d recommend about 30 minutes three times weekly.

Because of her condition, I’d also recommend supplementation with CoQ10 to support the function of the heart. If she has a low vitamin D status, which is associated with higher blood pressure, then I’d also recommend a vitamin D supplement.

Published by David Despain, MS, CFS

David is a science and health writer living on Long Island, New York. He's written for a variety of publications including Scientific American, Outside Online, the American Society for Nutrition's (ASN) Nutrition Notes Daily, and Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT) Food Technology magazine and Live! blog. He's also covered new findings reported at scientific meetings including Experimental Biology, AAAS, AOCS, CASW, Sigma Xi, IFT, and others on his personal blog "Evolving Health." David is also an active member of organizations including the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the National Audubon Society. David has a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and a bachelor's degree in English from University of Illinois at Springfield. He also earned his Certified Food Scientist credential from the Institute of Food Technologists.

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