Patients with heart disease frequently assume that medication is enough to forestall a repeat heart attack or stroke, but a large new study shows the preventive power of a healthy diet. The findings from a report looked at the impact of diet in addition to the medicines routinely used to treat cardiovascular disease. Although it is widely accepted that healthy diets are powerful tools to prevent cardiovascular disease, less is known about the impact of diet on people who already have the disease. People with the healthiest diets—those with the highest intakes of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and a higher intake of fish relative to meat poultry and eggs—were 35% less likely to die from a repeat heart attack or stroke during the length of the study, compared with those with the least healthy diets, according to the five-year study of 32,000 people in 40 countries.
Recommended by The American Heart Association advises:
=> Fish: At least two servings of fish each week are recommended in a study of healthy diets.
=> Vegetables: More than four cups of fruits and vegetables are suggested for daily intake.
=> Nuts: Four servings of nuts or seeds a week are considered part of a healthy diet.
=> Diet Colors: eating vegetables of various colors.