Cardiovascular patients 'benefit from healthy diet'

4 December 2012

People with cardiovascular disease who consume a heart-healthy diet could be less at risk from recurrent heart attacks and strokes, according to new research.

A study published in the journal Circulation found that people who followed a heart-healthy diet experienced a 35 per cent reduction in cardiovascular death, a 14 per cent lesser risk of heart attack and a 28 per cent lower chance of experiencing congestive heart failure.

Furthermore, they also saw a 19 per cent reduction in stroke risk.

These findings highlight the importance of eating a healthy diet for people with cardiovascular disease, even if they are already on medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Study author Mahshid Dehghan commented: "At times, patients don't think they need to follow a healthy diet since their medications have already lowered their blood pressure and cholesterol - that is wrong."

"Dietary modification has benefits in addition to those seen with aspirin, angiotensin modulators, lipid-lowering agents and beta blockers."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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