I know this is not a fat loss topic, but I'm hoping I could glean come knowledge from some of you elders...
My dad just came out of some pretty intensive open heart surgery six months ago. He has a stint in every major artery except one. He has also been hospitalized twice before for heart issues. In addition to this, he is troubled with high blood pressure, irregular heart rythym (sp?), and must take blood thinning medication to the point where even a bruise becomes a nuisance.
After talking to him, I am troubled because he is currently not eating very healthy (mostly fast food). He is willing to change his diet, but needs foods that are easy to prepare as cooking is not too easy for him.
he is currently taking coumadin, plavix, aspirin, and blood pressure and heart rythym meds, as well as some meds for intestinal issues because some bowel had to be removed due to a very had hernia which occured at the same time as the heart surgery. He told me that dark green veggies are a no-no due to their effect on blood thickness.
Unfortunately, supplements are not an option since interactions cannot be predicted with all the meds he's taking and his heart health is on too thin of a line to experiment with celery seed, hawthorne, etc.
SO- what I'm asking for help with is to construct a simple shopping list of easy to prepare, heart healthy foods. We need foods that can possible reduce hardened arteries and plaque in the blood vessels.
EFAs and an elimination of trans. and sat. fat comes to mind, but I would appreciate any help you guys can give me! Surely there must be some foods that have been proven to be heart healthy.