What is the role of diet and exercise in the treatment of a cardiovascular event (MI, heart attack)?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Diet plays an important role in the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). Educate post–myocardial infarction (MI) patients about the role of a low-cholesterol and low-salt diet. A dietitian should see and evaluate all patients prior to discharge from the hospital. Additionally, emphasis on exercise training should be made, because current evidence demonstrates that cardiac rehabilitation after MI results in lower rates of recurrent cardiovascular events. [43]

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