Health News: Healthy Eating Beneficial in Preventing a Second Heart Attack

A heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish significantly reduces the chance of a second heart attack and stroke in people with cardiovascular disease, McMaster University researchers have found.

A five-year study in 40 countries discovered that those who ate a heart-healthy diet lowered their risk factors as follows: risk of cardiovascular death was lowered by 35 percent, new heart attacks by 14 percent, congestive heart failure by 28 percent, and stroke risk was reduced by 19 percent.

“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,” said Mahshid Dehghan, the study’s lead author and nutritionist at McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute (PHRI). Healthy eating was associated with a 20-plus percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in all regions of the world.