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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

A groundbreaking program backed by the irrefutable results from Dr. Esselstyn’s 20-year study proving changes in diet and nutrition can actually cure heart disease.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. But, as Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, explains in this book it can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished. Dr. Esselstyn argues that conventional cardiology has failed patients by developing treatments that focus only on the symptoms of heart disease, not the cause.

Based on the groundbreaking results of his 20-year nutritional study-the longest study of its kind ever conducted-this book explains, with irrefutable scientific evidence, how we can end the heart disease epidemic in this country forever by changing what we eat. Here, Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.

The proof is in the results. The patients in Dr. Esselstyn’s initial study came to him with advanced coronary artery disease. Despite the aggressive treatment they received, among them bypasses and angioplasties, 5 of the original group were told by their cardiologists they had less than a year to live. Within months on Dr. Esselstyn’s program, their cholesterol levels, angina symptoms, and blood flow improved dramatically. Twelve years later 17 compliant patients had no further cardiac events. Adherent patients survived beyond twenty years free of symptoms.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but there are many changes that you can make to help prevent it, such as to quit smoking, eating a healthy & low-cholesterol diet and exercising. In fact, you've probably already established some heart-healthy habits without even realizing how it helps your heart. If not, it's never too late to get started.

Here are 5 things that you can start doing today to improve your heart health:

1) Exercise: A lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for developing heart disease. But according to the American Heart Association, even moderate-intensity activities, like walking for pleasure, can have long-term heart benefits if done daily. Even people who start exercising regularly after a heart attack have higher survival rates. So aim for at least 30 minutes of walking a day.

2) Diet: "Whole wheat" and "whole grain" are the words buzzing around healthy eating these days. If you haven't been eating whole wheat bread, pick up a loaf the next time you're in the bread aisle. This simple, delicious switch can do wonders for your heart. Whole grains are a good source of vitamins and minerals, and also contain fiber, which can help lower your cholesterol and keep you feeling fuller longer. If you've already made the whole wheat bread swap, try exploring other whole grain foods, such as whole wheat pasta and brown rice. Here is much more information on diet and heart disease: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Nutrition-Center_UCM_001188_SubHomePage.jsp

3) Enough sleep: A good night of sleep can do more than just help you feel well-rested - it can boost your heart health, too. Untreated sleep problems are linked to heart disease and stroke, according to the National Sleep Foundation. For example, consistently getting less than seven hours of sleep a night may boost blood pressure, and getting less than five hours a night is associated with increased risk of heart disease, studies find. So strive for 7 to 9 hours of sound sleep per night. Talk to your doctor if you're having a hard time getting the rest you need.

4) Brush Your Teeth: Something as simple as looking after your teeth and gums may help keep heart disease away. Researchers have found that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. And if you have a heart condition already, gum disease can make it worse. It's still not exactly clear why this link exists, but brushing your teeth regularly, flossing, treating gum disease, and keeping up with dentist appointments may help keep your teeth - and your heart - in top shape.

5) Feel Good at Least Once a Day: What brings a smile to your face each day? Making pleasure a part of your daily routine may help your heart, since doing things you enjoy is a natural stress buster. Though the jury is still out on whether stress can directly increase your risk for heart disease, it can definitely affect other risk factors and behaviors for this condition, such as high blood pressure, smoking and physical inactivity. So try to do at least one thing you enjoy every day, whether it's reading a book or meeting a friend - even if it's only for 15 to 30 minutes.


Other Resources

American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Nutrition-Center_UCM_001188_SubHomePage.jsp

Cleveland Clinic (Heart Health)
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/heartfailureguidelines.aspx

USDA
http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=2&tax_subject=278&topic_id=1378


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