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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