Heart attacks remain the leading killer of women – killing more women than the next 5 causes of death combined. Additionally, heart attacks tend to be more deadly in women vs. men. So it was especially good news and incredibly empowering that a provocative study in the Archives of Internal Medicine (October 2007) reported that women could slash their risk (up to 92%!) of having a first heart attack simply by eating the right foods, enjoying alcohol in true moderation, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco. The study authors described the right diet as one rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and legumes. According to this analysis, the combined benefits of the 5 strategies noted above could prevent about 77% of all heart attacks in women.
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