The NHS explains: “Eating an unhealthy diet high in fat will make your atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) worse and increase your risk of heart attack.”
A healthy diet should consist of at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, basing meals on higher fibre starchy foods like potatoes and rice, having some dairy or dairy alternatives, eating some protein such as beans, fish and meat, choosing unsaturated oils and spread and eating them in small amounts, and drinking plenty of fluids.
While these are more general rules to follow, a certain diet has been linked to lower risk of heart disease – a condition that can lead to heart attack.
A vegan diet, which has become increasingly popular over the last few years, has proven effective at preventing heart problems.
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