If you suffer from heart disease, you are all too familiar with the standard treatment plan of pills, doctor’s appointments, and tests. What happens inside medical offices and hospitals is only a tiny part of what it really takes to heal heart disease. Most conventional doctors barely mention lifestyle. And yet, what you eat and how much you move are central to attaining optimal health. Learn what heart disease is, how a plant-based diet can prevent and reverse heart disease, and some tips on how to transition to a plant-based diet.
Heather Joy Shenkman, MD, FACC, is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area. While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise, in addition to medication when appropriate. She is an avid athlete, having completed over a hundred events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several hundred-mile century cycling events.
Dr. Shenkman is a strong believer in a plant-based diet for heart health, as numerous studies have demonstrated prevention and even reversal of coronary artery disease. She has written the just-published: The Vegan Heart Doctor’s Guide to Reversing Heart Disease, Losing Weight, and Reclaiming Your Life. Her website is www.drheathershenkman.com and she can be followed on Twitter at @veganheartdoc.
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