Losing Weight Before Surgery
Heart surgery patients may need to lose weight fast. That is why many cardiologists put their patients on a very restrictive calorie-counting diet before the heart surgery. Of course, this would be true if the patients is overweight or obese. Since they need to lose weight fast the diet for heart surgery patients would be designed in a way to allow a rapid weight loss in the order of 10-20 pound per week. Unfortunately, these diets for people that will undergo heart surgery have leaked to the general public and have become fad diets for people desperate to lose weight fast.
The diet for heart surgery patients has received many names: the Cleveland Clinic Diet, the Sacred Heart Diet, the Spokane Heart Diet, the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital Diet and the Miami Heart Institute Diet. All of these names imply they come from the reputable cardiological units of recognized hospitals, thus, they are safe to follow. However, all of these diets are just fast crash diets that may be unhealthy if followed by long periods of time. The named hospitals do not back up these unhealthy diets.
Another common characteristics of these particular diets for heart surgery patients is that they are all based on an “all you can eat" (or drink) specially-designed soup that resembles, in many ways, the soup from another famous fad diet: the cabbage soup diet.
Doctors may use some similar diets for heart surgery patients for a rapid weight loss, but for very short periods of time and only to prepare the patient for a heart surgery. A detox diet will also help the patient be prepared for heart surgery.