Helpful Information for Parents


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential in the management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Eating a nutritious, well balanced diet, avoiding nutrient-poor foods, and regular physical activity are the key components of heart healthy living.  
Dieting should be avoided
Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients you need. Fruits and vegetables in their natural state (raw, steamed, boiled or fresh) provide the most benefits.  Nutrient-poor foods such as french fries, donuts and soda should be avoided. 
A healthy lifestyle should be the goal
While healthy eating is important, physical activity and stress reduction are also key components in the management of HCM. Light to moderate aerobic activity (walking, hiking, biking or light jogging) is a great way to improve blood cholesterol levels, manage high blood pressure, keep weight under control, boost energy and reduce stress.
Stay hydrated
It is essential to stay well hydrated. Patients with HCM should always try to maintain a steady fluid balance because dehydration can cause an increase in symptoms.  Patients with HCM must avoid competitive sports, sports that require bursts of activity, and isometric exercise such power weight lifting and bodybuilding. Additionally,
exercising in extremes of weather should be avoided.

Heart Healthy Food Tips

Natural foods are best. Avoid processed foods.
Fruits and Vegetables:
  • Eat 6-8 fruits and vegetables a day, most preferable in their fresh, natural state (raw, steamed or boiled). 
  • The best carbohydrates are from fruits and vegetables.
Protein Sources:
  • Plant proteins; soy, nuts, beans, legumes
  • Fish, tofu, egg whites, organic or omega fortified whole eggs
  • Poultry


Please click on link below to read an article by Dr. Tozzi and Dr. Kipel 



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Steve Adubato interviews Hackensack University Health Network President and CEO, Robert C. Garrett


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