Chocolate “Cuts Death Rate” in heart attack survivors.
From Yahoo News Aug 2009
PARIS(AFP)-Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week, cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold, compared to those who never touch the stuff. Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.
Earlier research had established a strong link between cocoa-based confections and lowered blood pressure or improvement in blood flow. It had also shown that chocolate cuts the rate of heart-related mortality in healthy older man, along with post-menopausal women. But the new study, led by Imre Janszky of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is the first to demonstrate that consuming chocolate can help ward off the “Grim Reaper” if one has suffered acute myocardial infarction—otherwise know as a Heart Attack.
“It was specific to chocolate—we found no benefits to sweets in general” Said Kenneth Mukamal, a researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and co-auther of the study.
“ It seems that antioxidants in cocoa are a likely candidate” for explaining the live-saving properties, he told AFP in an exchange of e-mails.