Heart attack survivors should switch to a Mediterranean diet

14 June 2013

Heart attack survivors may benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet, consisting of bread, fruit, fish and vegetables. According to new health research, a balanced intake of fibre, vital minerals and omega-3 nutrients may help prevent further cardiac conditions.

Scientists say the diet will only yield benefits in combination with daily exercise. Should survivors strictly adhere to the diet and workout regime, their risk of premature death may be substantially reduced.

Heart attacks are the most common cause of death in the UK, with more than 80,000 people a year dying as a result.

Although a Mediterranean diet is advisable, experts add that heart attack survivors with a history of cardiac problems should limit their consumption of cheese, meat, plant oils and fish.

Experts encourage survivors, along with all adults, to eat fish a minimum of two times a week.

If you’re at risk of heart problems, a cardiac CT scan can be used to diagnose it and monitor your heart health.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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