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Eating well may be the best revenge against myocardial infarction (MI). During the American Heart Association's scientific sessions last month in New Orleans, researchers from Italy reported on the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet for individuals who already have had an MI. "Despite the fact that good dietary habits are known to be the cornerstone of heart health, there are limited data demonstrating the amount of benefit for individuals who have had a heart attack," said Roberto Marchioli, MD, co-coordinator of the GISSI-Prevenzione Study that evaluated long-term changes in dietary habits of 11,324 Italians after they had an MI.
Voelker R. Mediterranean Diet After MI. JAMA. 2000;284(22):2863. doi:10.1001/jama.284.22.2863-JWM00010-2-1