The plant power: healing heart disease through diet

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What is Angina?

Angina is a signal that your heart isn’t getting enough blood, often because of coronary artery disease. It feels like someone is squeezing your chest or putting a heavy weight on it.

It can come suddenly or come and go over time. Depending on how serious it is, it can be treated in different ways – like changes in your lifestyle, medicines, a procedure to open blocked arteries, or surgery.

A Revolutionary Discovery

Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine made an amazing discovery.

They found that a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, grains, potatoes, beans, legumes, and nuts – and no animal products – can actually reverse angina.

This is without taking any medicines or having any procedures done. The research was published in the journal “Case Reports in Cardiology”.

A Real-Life Example

The scientists made this discovery while working with a 60-year-old man.

He came to them with angina, and a stress test confirmed that his heart wasn’t getting enough blood. But he didn’t want to take medicines or have any procedures done.

Instead, he decided to change his diet. He started eating only plant foods, like fruits, vegetables, grains, potatoes, beans, legumes, and nuts.

Remarkable Changes

The results were amazing. After only a few weeks, the man’s angina got better.

After four months, he lost weight (his body mass index, or BMI, went down from 26 to 22), his blood pressure became normal, and his bad cholesterol (called LDL cholesterol) went from 158 to 69.

Before, he couldn’t exercise because it made his angina worse. But after his diet change, he could walk a mile without feeling any chest pain.

And the improvements kept on coming. Two years later, he could even jog more than four miles without any problem.

Even more impressive, the man still has no symptoms of angina, he isn’t taking any medicines for his heart disease, and he hasn’t needed any procedures to open up his blocked arteries.

The Potential of Plant-Based Diet

The scientists say diets based on plants can improve blood fats, control diabetes, and help with heart disease. They can also make people live longer.

Changing to this kind of diet should be one of the first things doctors suggest to patients with atherosclerosis, a disease where the arteries get hard and narrow.

Cholesterol guidelines say changing your lifestyle is a critical part of staying healthy and reducing the risk of heart disease. This case shows how important it is to remember this and that food can indeed be our medicine.

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