A low-fat vegetarian diet may help prevent heart attacks, according to a new study in the American Journal of Cardiology. In this 12-week study, 27 people with coronary artery disease (CAD) changed their lifestyle to include a low-fat plant-based diet, three hours of moderate exercise per week and one hour of stress management per day. 20 others with CAD followed the usual care plan. Results showed those who adopted lifestyle changes had improved function of the inner lining of their arteries; crucial to preventing heart attacks.
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