Eat Chocolate to Prevent Second Heart Attack?

by Jodee on August 19, 2009

Attention all chocoholics! If you have had a heart attack, eating the sweet stuff may help to prevent a recurrence. A study conducted by researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute were looking at whether eating chocolate affects the risk for heart disease.

Antioxidants, such as the flavonol in cocoa, may help to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow throughout the body. The 1,169 participants in the study were between 45-70 years of age. All of them had had at least one heart attack. They were asked a series of questions about their diet.

The results indicated that study participants who ate chocolate were less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. Before you run out to the store to stock up on the sweet stuff, consider that the study results are not the same thing as a clinical trial where the participants are more closely monitored.

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