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Patient's Guide to Heart Transplant Surgery

Dietary Changes

Changes in your diet may be necessary because of your transplant surgery and because of the medications you are on to prevent rejection. The dietician will discuss your diet with you and will give you suggestions on how to make the necessary changes to remain healthy. Keep in mind that your diet will be changed in the following ways:

  • Fluid and sodium restriction
    • Foods high in sodium (Na+) content
  • Caloric restriction
  • Concentrated carbohydrate restrictions
  • Protein intake
  • Cholesterol and saturated fat restriction
    • Foods high in cholesterol & saturated fats
    • Foods high in monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats
  • Caffeine restriction
  • High soluble fiber intake
  • Alcohol restriction



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