It’s no secret. Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans. But did you know that according to the World Health Organization, it is the #1 preventable killer in the world?
Most of us have several loved ones at risk, or who have already suffered a heart attack. I know I have loved ones who have, and they describe it as the scariest thing they have ever experienced. I am so grateful that they are still with us because of emergency medical intervention, but not everyone is so lucky.
We hear that smoking, exercise, and diet are all main factors that can make or break our hearts...and when diet IS such a big factor...what exactly does the best diet for the heart look like?
Here to break it down for us bite for bite is vegan cardiologist, Dr. Heather Shenkman, who is a practicing interventional cardiologist in Tarzana, California and serves on the Board of Directors for the California chapter of the American College of Cardiology.
And, she is the author of the book The Vegan Heart Doctor’s Guide to Reversing Heart Disease, Losing Weight, and Reclaiming Your Life.
While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged 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.
She herself is an avid athlete, having completed over 100 events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several 100-mile century cycling events.
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Dr. Shenkman also gives us an honest look at whether or not vegans are at risk of a cardiac event while setting the record straight on what a healthy diet looks like.
Dr. Shenkman's Website:http://drheathershenkman.com/
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