Heart Patients Are Warned Against Eating Red Meat in Qurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha or Sacrifice Feast)

Prof. Dr. İhsan Bakır


Saying that cardiac patients can eat meat without disrupting their nutritional order and eating excessively in Eid al-Adha, Cardiovascular Surgeon Prof. İhsan Bakır, M.D. warns that excessive consumption of fatty meat should be avoided.

Adding that those who have coronary cardiac diseases or have genetic tendency should eat red meat in a controlled manner, Prof. İhsan Bakır, M.D. says that patients do not act consciously enough and leave themselves wide open to important health problems. Bakır continues: “Saturated fats are abundant in fatty meat. If high amount of meat is also consumed additionally with too much salt, it cause problems in people with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension. There are great number of admissions to emergency services due to heart issues caused by fatty and salty meat consumption during such periods. For diabetic or hypertensive patients with coronary cardiac diseases, preferring to eat less amounts of meat and especially lean meat will be more beneficial for their health.

Secretariat General of Public Hospitals Association Çekmece Region published a statement about meat consumption by cardiac patients before Eid al-Adha. Emphasizing that Eid al-Adha is the time during which red meat consumption is on a high level and that cardiovascular patients frequently apply to emergency services following the holiday, Secretary General of Çekmece Region, Prof. İhsan Bakır, M.D. recommends that especially hypertensive and cardiovascular patients should avoid salty and fatty fried products. Pointing out that too much red meat and tallow consumption aggravate coronary cardiac patients condition and their symptoms, Bakır adds, “Excessive consumption of salt and tallow would increase admissions to hospitals with the complaints of increased blood pressure attacks, shortness of breath and chest pain and with severe and troublesome diseases. Cardiac patients should not eat liver, spleen, kidney and intestines we call offal due to their intensive cholesterol content during Eid al-Adha. But it is safe that cardiovascular patients eat less salty and fatty meat or eat boiled meat and in small amounts. If meat is to be fried, it should be less fatty and salty. Meat that is exposed directly to fire, burnt or tarred meat has carcinogenic risk. So, we should be careful when cooking the meat. When consuming meat, you should remember that antioxidant food such as greens, fresh salads can prevent possible harms of meat.”
Saying that cardiac patients can comfortably consume the meat cooked during Eid al-Adha but in moderate amounts, Prof. İhsan Bakır, M.D. continues, “Patients to whom we placed stent can consume meat but not too fatty and intensely after they have been discharged. Patients with heart failure can also consume the meat of Eid al-Adha but not too salty meat. Bypass patients can comfortably consume the meat of Eid al-Adha after discharge, as well. Consumption of less salty meat such as boiled meat can be more harmless. Blood pressure patients can comfortably eat salt-free meat of Eid al-Adha. Diabetic, cardiac and hypertensive patients should look out for excessive dessert consumption. Such patients should minimize dessert consumption and prefer puddings which are lighter. Cardiac, hypertensive and diabetic patients should not miss their medication during Eid al-Adha as at any other time and should continue doing physical exercise.


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