Cardiovascular Disease Conference Resources

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Cardiovascular Disease Conference Resources

Cardiovascular Disease and Nutrition

Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a large role in the risk of heart disease. But heart disease can usually be prevented and even reversed with a plant based diet. Learn how here.

Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Every day, nearly 2,600 Americans die of some type of cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 34 seconds, and 7.1 million Americans have had a heart attack during their lifetimes. Those who survive often go on to have another heart attack later on. But this need not happen. Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a large role in the risk of heart disease. Moreover, heart disease can usually be prevented and even reversed.

Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease

Heart attacks bring patients into the emergency room in crisis. When blood flow through the coronary arteries is blocked by plaques or blood clots, part of the heart muscle loses its source of oxygen and dies. The worse the damage, the lower the chances of survival.

Health Concerns about Dairy Products

Many Americans, including some vegetarians, still consume substantial amounts of dairy products—and government policies still promote them—despite scientific evidence that questions their health benefits and indicates their potential health risks.

Vegan Diet Reduces Heart Disease Risk in People with Type 2 Diabetes

A report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows that a low-fat vegan diet has a nutrient profile and diet quality associated with a greater reduction in heart disease risk in people with type 2 diabetes than a diet based on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines.

Research on the Major Killers of Americans

Medical research is at a crossroads: The major killer diseases are not being cured by previous experimental methods. In order to overcome these diseases, doctors are prompted to learn new approaches and researchers are looking to new technologies.

Fruit Prevents Heart Disease

Daily intake of fruit may decrease the risk of heart disease by as much as 40 percent, according to data presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

The Politics of Heart Disease

Forget swing states or butterfly ballots. The decisive factor in this year’s biggest political contest may be Bill Clinton’s emergency bypass operation. When the former president went under the surgeon’s knife, the Democrats forfeited one of their most formidable campaigners.

Plant-Based Diet Reverses Heart Disease

A new research report confirms that heart disease can be dramatically improved—and even reversed—by a plant-based diet. Researchers from this study counseled 198 patients with cardiovascular disease on a diet free of fish, meat, dairy, and added oils.

Vegetarians and Vegans Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Vegetarian and vegan diets lower the risk of heart disease, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition. Researchers tracked the dietary habits of 592 African-American participants from the Adventist Health Study-2 and categorized them into three eating patterns: vegetarian/vegan, pesco-vegetarian, and non-vegetarian.

The Five Worst Heart Hospital Food Environments

The Physicians Committee’s Five Worst Heart Hospital Food Environments report finds that fast-food outlets including McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A are present in many heart hospitals and that hospital cafeterias and patient menus promote double bacon cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, and other meat and dairy products that cause cardiovascular disease.

Eight Ways to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure and Vegetarian Diets, a global meta-analysis published Feb. 24, 2014, in JAMA Internal Medicine, finds a nutrient-packed vegetarian diet can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.