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New Risk for Heart Surgery Patients, Says CDC

Health officials have issued warnings that patients who have undergone open heart surgeries since 2012 may be at risk of a life-threatening infection linked to a medical device used during their operations, CNN and WCVB.com report. As many as 600,000 patients who have had valve implants or prosthetic product implants are at higher risk of infection with a bacterial species of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While officials said the overall risk for getting the disease is exceedingly low, this is a good chance to talk about how not to get heart disease in the first place or, if you have it, how to treat it so you won’t need open heart surgery to fix it.

First of all, did you know you can actually eat your way to a healthier heart? The fact is that heart problems are often related to nutrient deficiencies, which can lead to diomyopathy (a condition characterized by inflammation, loss of elasticity and enlargement of your heart), heart valve diseases, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure.

Examples of nutrients that are important for heart health include (but are not limited to) B vitamins (including folate or B9 and B12), carnitine, taurine, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), magnesium, vitamin K2, vitamin D and animal-based omega-3.

All of these nutrients also play important roles in keeping your mitochondria working properly. Antioxidant polyphenols are also important for combatting inflammation and damage caused by free radicals. Your best bet is to eat a varied diet of whole foods, rich in fresh fruits, berries and vegetables.
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