Heart attack risks: 'Traditional' English dinner could shorten your life – Oxford study

Scientific analysis, crafted by researchers based at the prestigious University of Oxford, have uncovered foods that increase the risk of heart disease. Moreover, one ingredient is found in a “traditional” English dinner. Compiling evidence from “the largest systematic review” to date, involving more than 1.4 million people, the results revealed the following. Each 50g/day intake of processed meat, such as sausages, increased the risk of coronary heart disease by 18 percent.

Unprocessed red meat includes: beef, lamb and pork; the risk of heart disease is said to be attributed to the “high content of saturated fat”.

High intakes of saturated fat increase levels of harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Dr Keren Papier – who co-authored the research – said: “Red and processed meat have been consistently linked with bowel cancer and our findings suggest an additional role in heart disease.

“Therefore, current recommendations to limit red and processed meat consumption may also assist with the prevention of coronary heart disease.”

Dr Anika Knuppel – joint co-author from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health – said: “We need to reduce meat production.

“Our study shows that a reduction in red and processed meat intake would bring personal health benefits.”

(This research study can be found in the Critical reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.)

Currently in the UK, about 10 in 100 people would be expected to eventually die from coronary heart disease, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) stated.

Early warning signs of heart disease

The BHF pointed out possible warning signs of heart disease, indicating that it is time to book a doctor’s appointment.

These early indicators can include:

  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain or indigestion
  • Feeling sweaty
  • Leg pain
  • Arm pain
  • Jaw or back pain
  • Choking sensation
  • Swollen ankles
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat.

The NHS may test for heart disease by ordering blood tests, an electrocardiogram, CT scans and X-rays.


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