Heart Matters

Part 2: A Plant-Based Diet for Preventing and Possibly Reversing Coronary Artery Disease

March 9, 201115 min
Host: Janet Wright, MD Guest: Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD Some evidence suggests it is possible to prevent and reverse heart disease by adhering to a plant-based diet, but lifestyle changes are often the most challenging for physicians to prescribe and for patients to adopt. What strategies can physicians use to encourage a plant-based diet for patients who have or are at risk for having heart disease? Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, director of the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Lyndhurst, Ohio and author of the book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, surveys the worst culprits of the Western diet responsible for causing heart disease, and describes the crucial role that nitric oxide released from the endothelium plays in protecting blood vessels. Dr. Esselstyn shares his tips and strategies for promoting and, most importantly, following a plant-based diet, in the midst of a culture riddled with nutritionally-question

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