Cardiovascular Disease - Can it be reversed?

Contrary to what mainstream cardiologists say, evidence suggests that it is possible to reverse the blockage of blood flow through the arteries.  One way is to follow the aggressive life-style modification program Dean Ornish, MD has prescribed for decades.  Dr. Ornish and colleagues have shown that a regimen that emphasized a very low fat diet, regular exercise, meditation and avoidance of certain risk factors not only stopped the progression of the coronary artery disease, but could reverse it. This result was demonstrated in a randomized controlled trial, known as the Lifestyle Heart Trial, with data published in The Lancet in  1990. In this study, test subjects were recruited with pre-existing coronary artery disease,. The patients assigned to Dr. Ornish’s regimen had fewer cardiac events than those who followed standard medical advice.  What’s more, their coronary atherosclerosis was somewhat reversed, as evidenced by decreased narrowing of the coronary arteries after only one year of treatment., most patients in the control group, on the other hand, had worsening of their coronary artery blockage at the end of the trial compared to when they started.  These favourable results have been replicated by doctors using similar methods (for example, Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr MD and K. Lance Gould, MD. Esselstyn et al, A strategy to arrest and reverse coronary artery disease: a 5-year longitudinal study of a single physician’s practice. J Fam Pract. 1995 Dec;41(6):560-8. Sdringola et al. Combined intense lifestyle and pharmacologic lipid treatment further reduce coronary events and myocardial perfusion abnormalities compared with usual-care cholesterol-lowering drugs in coronary artery disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2003Jan 15;41(2):263-72.
The drawback to Dr. Ornish’s regimen is that it is very restrictive, but it opened the door to the possibility of reversing artery disease.  There are now other documented ways to maintain healthy arteries and blood flow.  These include dietary changes, lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, intravenous therapies such as chelation therapy and plaque, stress management support and coping strategies. Heartful Wellness has experience with each of these areas so we offer the client comprehensive support to manage their cardiovascular risks and disease,