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The Cardiac Diet: An Attempt

For this week during my clinical day I chose to monitor the food I ate and compare it to the AHA cardiac diet recommendations (less than 1500mg sodium and 13g of fat based on a 2000 calorie diet). Here are my results using the My Fitness Pal app:

Breakfast Fat content Sodium content
1 egg  4.8 g 71 mg
1 slice of Swiss cheese  8 g 60 mg
1 serving of ham  4.3 g 261.4 mg
2 slices of bread  4g 36g
1 cup of coffee  1.2 g 54 mg
Grilled chicken  10 g 180 mg
White rice  0.4 g  400mg
Vegetables (1 cup-zucchini)  0.2 g  9 mg
Greek yogurt (2 servings) 0 110 mg
2 strawberries  0.5 g  1.5 mg
½ banana  0  1 mg
Total 33.4 1,183.9 mg

Unfortunately as you’ll notice I went over both the fat and sodium content. This is a day I do not eat as much as I normally do when I am not in clinical and it does not include any snacks which would add to the sodium and fat content in my diet. Since I knew I was monitoring what I was eating I tried to be more careful of what I chose for the day but it seems to be that it still didn’t help me meet a cardiac diet’s recommendations.  I think that for me it would be very hard to transition to eating less sodium since my diet already contains more sodium than what I monitored for the clinical day.


Total hip arthroplasty fun facts!

  1. aka total hip replacement- replacement of a severely damaged hip with an artificial joint.
  2. indications: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, femoral neck fracture (hip fracture)
  3. complications are associated with dislocation of the hip prothesis, excessive wound drainage, VTE, infection, heel pressure ulcers
  4. long-term complications: formation of the bone in the periprosthetic space, avascular necrosis, & loosening of the prosthesis
  5. patient should not cross legs at any time, and should maintain protective positioning including: maintaining abduction and avoiding internal and external rotation & hyperextension

Renal GU Drug Review: Epogen!

Who uses it? patients with anemia associated with CKD, patients undergoing chemotherapy

What? stimulates the production of RBCs by the kidneys

Class? anti-anemic, erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESA)

When? three times a week

why (reason)? stimulates erythropoiesis (RBC production)

how it is administered?subQ, IV; adults 50-100units/kg three times weekly; don’t dose more than 4 times a week

side note: very expensive drug



Hope everyone is having fun using CI Keys as I am still trying to figure out what to do with my page. I thought I was up-to-date with technology, but I was wrong. 🙂