Cardiovascular disease kills more people than any other disease worldwide. Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases account for 17.3 million deaths globally and 787,000 deaths in the United States on an annual basis.1 One American dies every 40 seconds from one of these diseases, and, with rare exception, these deaths never need occur.
Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable through diet and lifestyle changes.2 In fact, what you put on your dinner plate is far more important than what you line your medicine cabinet with when it comes to preventing, halting, and reversing cardiovascular disease.
The answer to cardiovascular disease is a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle. This includes a diet full of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. The elimination of animal-based (meat, dairy, and eggs) and processed foods are vitally important if your goal is to avoid disability and death from heart attack and stroke. These changes may sound overwhelming at first, but rest assured, they will become second nature in no time as you put together a winning diet to achieve cardiovascular excellence.
Below you will find additional articles and resources to help you understand more about cardiovascular disease. Refer back to them often whenever you need a reminder of the importance of diet and lifestyle in the prevention and reversal of these deadly diseases.
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Fish Oil Reviews - The Evidence Behind Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements
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CNN's The Last Heart Attack Special
The Secret To Becoming Heart Attack Proof
1 Mozaffarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics--2015 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015 Jan 27;131(4):e29-322.
2 Esselstyn CB. We Can Prevent and Even Reverse Coronary Artery Heart Disease. Medscape General Medicine. 2007;9(3):46.