It is never too late to adopt a healthy diet to reduce heart attack risk
This time of year many of us blow our diet at a festive holiday meal. In addition, many Americans eat unhealthily much of the time. The result might be a heart attack, particularly among older individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) who are receiving effective drugs for secondary prevention. The CVD risk of an unhealthy diet was reported in a new study by an international team of researchers. Their findings were presented in the December 4 edition of the journal Circulation.
According to the American Heart Association, CVD is the number one cause of death in the United States. The researchers noted that diet quality is strongly related to CVD incidence; however, little is known about its impact on cardiovascular disease events in older people at high risk of CVD and receiving effective drugs for secondary prevention.
Therefore, they designed a study to assess the association between diet quality and CVD events in a large population of subjects from 40 nations with CVD or diabetes mellitus with end-organ damage (i.e., a previous heart attack or health issues associated with atherosclerosis) who were receiving medications that had proven benefit.