Researchers who conducted a meta-analysis of 72 studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that saturated fats and monounsaturated fats have no impact on heart disease rates, but some experts dispute the findings. A single analysis isn't sufficient to reject current dietary recommendations, which call for an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats, according to SCAI Vice President Dr. James Blankenship. Getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight and understanding personal heart disease risks continue to be effective ways to maintain heart health, he said.

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