Fast food overdose found in 92% heart attack patients; study
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“92% of heart attack patients were found to eat fast or fried food 7 or more times a week whereas only 8% ate fast food less than 3 times a week, hence providing a substantial link between high consumption of fast food and risk of developing severe heart disease.”
These were the findings of a study by Punjab Rattan Honorary cardiologist, Dr. Rajneesh Kapoor who is presently working as senior director – interventional cardiology at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon.
Dr Kapoor said , the study enrolled 480 patients, all taking treatment for heart disease, with or without history of heart attack. The patients were asked to provide information through a research questionnaire.
He said further , information on food habits revealed 68% of the study population consuming fast food more than 7 times per week, 31% less than 3 times per week. The heart attack was found prevalent in 32% of total patients. 92% of them belonged to the group consuming fast food 7 or more times a week.
He says the presence of a fast food joint in the vicinity was spotted as the relevant factor linked with high consumption of outside food. Fast food joint in less than 1 km vicinity was seen in 71% of subjects who consumed outside food more frequently whereas it was only in 19% of subjects consuming fast food less than 3 times per week. 65% people prefer eating fast food to match children’s food choice menu”
According to Dr. Kapoor said the findings should serve as a warning about the public health dangers of the fast food and outside food eating trend.