Heart attack victims keep eating fast food

Mar 10, 2011

A new study discovered that more than half of heart attack victims who frequently consumed fast food before their attack continued to do so after recovery.

One warning may not be enough for some, as a new study found that many Americans who have suffered a heart attack continue to eat fast food after their recovery.

The study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, involved a collection of nearly 2,500 heart attack patients across the U.S. while they were in the hospital. Roughly one in three of the respondents reported eating fast food frequently - defined as at least once a week - during the month before their heart attack. In a follow up six months after the initial survey, 503 of those patients were still consuming fast food once a week.

John Spertus, one of the authors of the study, told Reuters Health the frequent fast food eaters had higher levels of fat in their blood, "consistent with selection of less healthy options." Furthermore, all of the patients received dietary counseling from medical staff before leaving the hospital.

Anyone who has suffered from cardiac problems should eat a heart healthy diet consisting of whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins, reports the Mayo Clinic. Those with cardiovascular problems may also want to purchase life insurance to protect their interests whether in good or bad health.  

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