Patients who managed to survive a heart attack, who eat chocolate two or three times per week, reduce their chances of dying from heart disease by about one-third. The results of a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine showed that eating chocolate less often also benefited heart attack survivors.
The antioxidants in cocoa are probably responsible for lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow. They are also key to protecting against free radicals, which build up in the body over time and are believed to play a role in whether an individual gets heart disease or cancer.
These results don’t mean that everyone should start consuming mass quantities of the sweet stuff, though. A number of heart disease patients are already having to take steps to keep their weight under control, so moderation is key to getting the benefits that chocolate can give after a heart attack.