Nutrition and heart health: prevent heart attacks with intermittent fasting

High blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors for heart attacks. It’s not just stress reduction that prevents this: fasting periods should also strengthen the heart.

Are you using the time after the carnival festivities for a fasting cure? Not only will this shed a few pounds, your heart muscle can also regenerate itself through periods of fasting. As the German Heart Foundation further reports, studies have shown that intermittent fasting* has a positive effect on high-risk heart conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. “Therefore, intermittent fasting in heart attack patients may help reduce the risk of another heart attack.According to a press release from the foundation.

Intermittent fasting triggers changes in cellular metabolism, which in turn share many similarities with the same cellular programs that promote heart muscle healing and restoration of blood flow and heart pumping function“, says Professor Daniel Sedding, director of the University Clinic for Cardiology in Halle (Saale). As part of the study “Intermittent fasting after myocardial infarction”, he and his team are investigating whether intermittent fasting can also help regeneration of the heart after a heart attack to prevent heart failure (chronic heart failure).

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Intermittent fasting isn’t right for everyone — heart patients in particular shouldn’t start alone

All of the approximately 50 study participants had suffered a serious heart attack. Divided into two groups, half fast according to the 16:8 method. You don’t eat anything for 16 hours straight and you can eat whatever you want for eight hours. The second group did not change their eating habits. After one, three and six months, the cardiac function of all subjects is measured and compared. The goal is to determine if intermittent fasting could represent a non-pharmacological approach to healing heart muscle after a heart attack with few side effects. “If our study is successful, that may mean we encourage at least most of our patients to do so.“, says Dr. Jochen Dutzmann, senior physician at the Clinic for Internal Medicine III at the Medical University of Halle.

Banquet for eight hours, eat nothing for 16 hours: this is how the most common form of fasting works.

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Do you want to know more about intermittent fasting?

In the guide “The Nutrition Docs – Healthy and slim through intermittent fasting: The 16:8 program with recipes and weekly plans” (advertising link) you can read how you can easily integrate intermittent fasting into your daily life.

But for some patients, fasting also poses risks, such as diabetics, according to Dutzmann. Heart patients in particular should not plan to go it alone, but should discuss each fasting method in advance with a heart specialist, cites the German Heart Foundation, said Professor Hans Hauner, director of the Else Kröner-Fresenius Center for Nutritional Medicine. (EKFZ). at the Technical University of Munich. (jg) *Merkur.de is an offer of IPPEN.MEDIA.

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