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what foods should people with copd and heart disease completely avoid?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Heart healthy: CAD and COPD often go together. Actually in pts w/ copd, CAD is a more common cause of death than copd. So heart-healthy diet should be focus--typically avoid high fat, high salt, while eating lots of veggies, nuts, fatty fish, etc. Although some pts w/ COPD have hard time maintaining wt, try to do so with more heart healthy foods, rather than just eating calorie-dense, heart-unhealthy food.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
And, although not really a food, avoiding tobacco and smoking are very important for both conditions!
Dec 19, 2011
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Be as 'healthy' as possible; NO SMOKING!!!
Dec 19, 2011
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
In many case a low salt diet and avoiding foods that can raise blood pressure is a good formula
Feb 1, 2012
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Not sure: I am not sure there are any foods you should avoid. Acid reflux would not be good in copd, so maybe avoid those foods that can cause heartburn. But, I am not sure there are specific foods to avoid in copd.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Salt: In the short term, salt and lots of fluid makes you retain fluid and if it goes to your lungs, you will be more short of breath. Long term, foods that have high cholesterol are going to be harmful to your heart and you should avoid. The lungs tend to be less affected by food than the heart. Some people think that milk products make their pulmonary symptoms worse.

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Please suggest what foods should people with COPD and heart disease avoid completely?

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