In this prospective cohort of 1169 non-diabetic post-MI patients, self-reported chocolate consumption in the year prior to the MI was inversely associated with cardiac death in 8 year follow-up. Compared to those never eating chocolate, multivariable adjusted hazard ratios for cardiac death were 0.73, 0.56, and 0.34 (CI 0.17-0.70) for those eating chocolate <once a month, up to once a week, and twice or more a week, respectively (abstract). Who wouldn’t like to see “chocolate” listed on their discharge instructions?
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.