Heart Disease Month

Have you been diagnosed with heart disease? If so, you are not alone. According to the American Heart Association, 116.4 million, or 46% of adults, are estimated to have hypertension and someone dies of cardiovascular disease every 38 seconds. February is American Heart Month, and each year we are reminded to focus on our heart health. This year, instead of just managing heart disease, let us focus on how to prevent, treat and reverse heart disease.

According to Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., director of the cardiovascular disease prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Ohio, coronary heart disease is a “benign, foodborne illness” that can be stopped or even reversed by avoiding a typical Western diet. So, let’s look at the arteries supplying the heart with blood and what actually happens to the blood vessels with heart disease. Coronary artery disease (CAD) begins with progressive endothelial injury, inflammatory oxidative stress, reduced nitric oxide production, foam cell formation, and development of plaques that may rupture to cause a myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke.