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Healthy Heart Advice from Cardiologist Moms

Sure, doctors are good at doling out advice, but do they really practice what they preach? Here, six leading cardiologists (who are also moms) share how they help their own kids be heart-healthy.

By Jeannette Moninger

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Part Ways with Some Family Traditions

Ileana Pina, M.D., has always cooked meals her daughter Victoria loves. But what Dr. Pina, professor of medicine and cardiology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, serves isn't exactly what you'd find in her family's homeland of Cuba. "Traditional dishes are heavy on starchy vegetables and fatty meats like salt pork and bacon. I make things healthier by loading up on different veggies, using less fatty meats like lean chicken or turkey bacon and cooking with olive oil," says Dr. Pina. "Just about any meal can be made better for you—and still taste great—with the right substitutions." Because Dr. Pina's family has a history of high blood pressure and heart disease (her father died from a heart attack at age 43), both she and Victoria are careful about their salt intake. "I prefer to season foods with spices, garlic and onions," she says. And to avoid any unnecessary temptation she now stores the salt shaker in the pantry rather than smack-dab in the center of the dining table.

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