21 Feb '11, 3am

Many patients still eat fast food on a regular basis within the six months after a heart attack, a US study found

Many patients still eat fast food on a regular basis within the six months after a heart attack, a US study found

More than half of heart attack patients studied by a US university still ate fast food frequently in the months after their heart attack. -- PHOTO: AFP NEW YORK - IT WOULD seem logical for patients who have had a heart attack to cut back on fast food. Some devoted fast food eaters do. But six months later, more than half can still be found at their favorite fast food places at least once a week, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. Of nearly 2,500 heart attack patients studied by John Spertus, at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, 884 - or 36 per cent - reported in a survey while still hospitalised that they had eaten fast food frequently in the month before their heart attack. 'Frequently' was defined as once a week or more. When Mr Spertus and his colleagues checked back six months later, 503 were still eating fast food every week. 'Fast fo...

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