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Low-carb diets increase heart attack risk: By Christopher Wanjek, LiveScienceWed, Mar 28 2012 at 8:10 AM EST A l...

Low-carb diets increase heart attack risk: By Christopher Wanjek, LiveScienceWed, Mar 28 2012 at 8:10 AM EST A l...

Photo: LauriPatterson/iStockphoto A low-carb, high-fat diet might help some people lose weight, but it could be deadly to those with a family history of heart disease, according to research presented March 25 at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that obese rats fed a high-fat, low-carb diet — comparable to what many humans consume — had more damaging and deadly heart attacks than obese rats fed a low-fat diet. Worse, the findings suggest that this type of diet also impairs recovery immediately following a heart attack. Although the researchers say that low-carb diets do have benefits, they advise caution. "Right now, if I were considering a high-fat, low-carb diet, I would ask myself if the benefits outweigh the heart-attack issues this research has revealed," said Steven Lloyd of UAB,...

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