Many people who have had a myocardial infarction continue to consume a low-quality diet. Educating patients on the principles behind evidence-based high-quality diets rather than providing prescriptive dietary plans will equip them to minimise their future risk.
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.
- Modest weight reduction in individuals after myocardial infarction (MI) reduces all-cause mortality and subsequent acute cardiovascular events.
- High-quality diets reduce all-cause and cardiovascular mortality after MI.
- Health practitioners should focus on educating patients who have had an MI on the principles behind weight reduction and evidence-based quality diets such as the Alternative Healthy Eating Index 2010 or the Mediterranean diet, rather than prescriptive dietary plans.