Better diet after heart attack may reduce death risk

Healthy eating after a heart attack appears to significantly lower the risk of death, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. Examining data from about 4,000 men and women, researchers found that people whose post-heart attack diets improved the most were 30% less likely to die from any cause and 40% less likely to die of heart disease.

The study, by Shanshan Li, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, and other HSPH colleagues, was published online September 2, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers pointed out that their results are consistent with past findings showing that Mediterranean-style diets—high in olive oil, nuts, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables—are linked with better health, according to a September 3, 2013 Reuters article.

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