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DASH-diet intervention might slow progression of nonobstructive coronary atherosclerosis


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JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
Reuters Health - 08/01/2021 - A lifestyle intervention centered on the DASH diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, may be able to slow the progression of atherosclerosis and reduce the volume of noncalcified plaque in patients with nonobstructive coronary atherosclerosis, a new pilot study from Poland hints. The intervention also included increased physical activity by the participants, although this was not quantified, researchers note in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. The single-center, randomized study included 89 patients (41% women) with mild angina symptoms and suspected coronary artery disease; their mean age was 60 and their BMI 29. Most had hypertension and/or dyslipidemia, but patients with diabetes or previous coronary-artery bypass grafts were excluded. At baseline, most participants received an antiplatelet medication, a beta-blocker and/or a statin, and 31% received a calcium-channel blocker. The patie...


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