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Cardiac Nutrition

You’ve heard about the benefits of following a heart-healthy diet, but if you’re unsure of what this might look like in your day-to-day life, the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center offers several programs that can help.

Personalized Meal Plans

A cardiac dietitian can review your diet and develop a personalized meal plan based on your goals or health condition:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure/cardiomyopathy
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Weight management

Metabolic Testing

We offer metabolic (calorimetry) testing. This test shows how many calories you burn at rest. The results further specify nutrition and exercise needs.

Cardiac Rehab

Within our Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab Program, all patients meet one-on-one visit with a registered dietitian. They also can attend five nutrition workshops and 11 cooking demonstrations. Studies show that the greater attendance at these events provides improved outcomes.

The nutrition workshop topics include:

  • Fueling a healthy body
  • Label reading
  • Navigating menus
  • Targeting your nutrition priorities
  • Mindful eating

The cooking demonstration topics include:

  • Adding flavor without salt
  • Fast breakfasts
  • Soups & salads (two sessions)
  • Simple sides
  • Appetizers & snacks
  • Desserts
  • Plant-based proteins
  • Fast evening meals
  • Weekend breakfast ideas
  • Efficiency cooking

For More Information
• Call the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at 320-251-2700 ext. 57449
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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