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DASH eating plan 'cuts heart attack risk'

A new research has concluded that the DASH eating plan, known to reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol, also reduces the 10-year risk of heart attack, especially among African-Americans.


Washington, Sep 01 : A new research has concluded that the DASH eating plan, known to reduce blood pressure and bad Cholesterol.asp">cholesterol, also reduces the 10-year risk of heart attack, especially among African-Americans.

The DASH eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products as well as whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts.

The plan also calls for a reduction in fats, red meat, sweets, and sugar-containing beverages. The U.S. government and American Heart Association recommend it.

The study researchers found that the DASH plan: lowered the participants' 10-year risk of having a heart attack or other coronary heart disease event by about 18 percent compared to those eating a typical American diet.

In the study, 436 patients (average age 45, 60 percent African-American) had either Stage I high blood pressure (140-159/90-99 mmHg) or were pre-hypertensive (120 - 139/80-89 mmHg) and assigned to one of three diets: the DASH eating plan; a typical American diet (low in minerals, such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, and high in saturated fat, total fat, and Cholesterol.asp">cholesterol); or the typical American diet plus additional fruits and vegetables.

To determine how DASH affected coronary heart disease risk, researchers plugged their data (blood pressure and Cholesterol.asp">cholesterol results) into the Framingham Heart Risk Equation and calculated the 10-year risk of developing coronary heart disease, researchers said.

This research confirms that people can benefit from eating according to the DASH plan.

The research has been reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

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