HAVE YOUR SAY
We are very interested to hear reactions from patients, caregivers, dietitians, and cardiology clinicians about the topic of nutrition for patients with heart failure. Please drop us a note with your questions or comments. We are particularly keen to hear patients’ comments about their experiences with nutrition, muscle mass and muscle strength during their heart failure journey, which helps to inform our future studies and prioritize our requests for research funding. If you would be comfortable with us posting your comments anonymously on this site, please let us know!
"Over the years I have been counselled to restrict dietary sodium to reduce symptoms of heart failure, restrict dietary potassium when my kidneys have been slow to remove potassium from my body, restrict leafy green vegetables when I was taking coumadin for anticoagulation, and avoid all raw and unwashed foods after transplantation. These restrictive dietary recommendations can leave little room to work out what it is safe to or how to consume an adequate amount of protein and calories."
“When I was experiencing the greatest problems with the heart failure, I often felt full with only small amounts of food intake and had a low appetite. My appetite for foods would vary from day to day, making it difficult to consistently eat enough calories and protein in particular.”