SECOND OPINION | Reversing Heart Disease Myth or Medicine | BCBS

SECOND OPINION | Reversing Heart Disease Myth or Medicine | BCBS


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Research has shown that making lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of heart
disease but is it possible to go beyond reducing
the risk and actually reverse heart disease altogether through diet alone? Is that myth or medicine? Diet alone can
reverse heart disease that is generally a myth and I’m going
to tell you why. Hi my name is Ryan Nelson I’m a
cardiologists at Highland Hospital and University of Rochester Medical Center. We’re very unlikely to be able to clean
out or eliminate narrowings or blockages in the coronary
arteries. We know that we can prevent them from getting worse and
prevent future events through the lifestyle modifications, the
dietary modifications, and medications. We never completely
remove the fact that the that a patient has coronary artery
disease there never cured but it’s something that is managed as a
chronic illness similar to the way he may manage high blood
pressure for years by taking a blood pressure pill. Elizabeth from Seattle, Washington
asks “I follow a healthy lifestyle and I’m doing great can I go off my
medication?” That this individual discussion that has to
be undertaken on a patient by patient basis but generally I would say that most
cardiologists will tell their patients that the answer usually is no to
going off medications me know that it’s quite unlikely that anything that is done whether it be
medication or dietary modifications or vigorous exercise is going to completely clear up or removed blockages or
narrowing in the coronary arteries the focus of our therapies is generally
to halt any progression of coronary artery
disease prevent future events including heart attacks or
heart failure and control blood pressure. And that’s
medicine. Not sure if it’s myth or medicine?
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