Junk food meals increase heart attack risk

Junk food meals increase heart attack risk

Experts at the EPIC Centre of Canada’s Montreal Heart Institute presented information showing how just one single junk food meal can be enough to cause a heart attack.

Dr Anil Nigam, director of research at EPIC and associate professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine compared the effects of junk food and a typical Mediterranean meal on the ability of arteries to dilate after a temporary five-minute blockage and presented the information to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

  • On 28 nonsmoking men studied eating a Mediterranean-type diet, their arteries were found to dilate normally and maintain good blood flow
  • After eating one junk food meal, their arteries dilated 24% less than they did when in a fasting state
  • Arteries that dilate less can raise the risk of immediately suffering a heart attack or stroke 

As published by the Times of India on October 30, 2012.

Posted: Thursday 20 December 2012