A HEALTHY diet significantly reduces the chances of a second heart attack or stroke in at-risk individuals, research shows.
It also cuts the risk of congestive heart failure and heart disease-related death.
A five-year global study collected data on almost 32,000 people in 40 countries.
Participants with heart disease were asked how often they consumed milk, vegetables, fruits, grains, fish, nuts, meat and poultry.
They were also questioned about lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol consumption and exercise.
A healthy diet was defined as one including a high intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, with more fish than meat, poultry or eggs.
Eating healthily was associated with a 14pc reduction in the risk of new heart attacks and a 19pc cut in the risk of stroke.
The findings appear online in the ' American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal'.