Eating Right Slims Risk of Strokes, Heart Attacks
Fruits and veggies boosted heart health, study finds
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 2:59 AM CDT
The DASH diet, found to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, favors fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and plant-based protein over meat.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Women following a government-recommended diet to lower blood pressure significantly reduced their risk of heart attacks and strokes, AP reports. Those following a diet high in fruit, vegetables and grains were 24% less likely to have a heart attack and 18% less likely to have a stroke than women eating typical American diets, according to the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"If you make these changes in your lives, it could keep you off medication," said the chief of New York University's Women's Heart Program. "There has to be a greater emphasis on the way we live our lives."