After Heart Attack, Lifestyle Changes Cut Odds of Having Another
September 17, 2014
Lifestyle pays off! That’s the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Alabama (Birmingham) after analyzing questionnaires from more than four thousand heart patients in a study who experienced a heart attack, stent, or bypass surgery.
The results, published in a 2014 paper in the American Journal of Cardiology, demonstrated significant prevention power over a four-and-a-half year period against recurrent problems when patients stopped smoking, participated in physical activity four or more times a week, and adopted a Mediterranean Diet.
The study provides evidence and support for lifestyle changes by patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), that is, disease of the critical coronary arteries that supply the heart. Until now there was little data to demonstrate which changes, if sustained, actually reduce recurrent CHD problems and death in cardiac patients after the acute rehabilitation period.
For details on the study, click here.