What Are Americans Doing About Their Heart Health?

The Cleveland Clinic’s recent survey of American dietary choices related to heart health shows that a family history of heart disease tends to prompt people to make better nutrition choices, but many people still struggle to maintain healthy eating habits. The telephone survey of over 1,000 adults performed in November, 2014, found that about a third of those surveyed have a hard time giving up carbohydrates, a quarter can’t give up red meat and about 15 percent don’t want to break up with chocolate. But modifying these items or eliminating them completely has a significant impact on someone’s heart health, says Robert Kalimi, MD, vice chairman of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

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