Newer, softer plaques (the ones you don’t see on CT scans) are likely more worrisome than calcified plaques. That’s because newer, softer plaques are more likely to rupture. When plaque ruptures, it triggers the formation of blood clots. It’s these blood clots that choke off blood flow to the heart, causing heart attacks.
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The plaques within arteries that trigger the vast majority of heart attacks do not significantly impede blood flow. In fact, an angiogram report would likely describe them as plaque build-up that is “insignificant” or “nonobstructive,” or “minimal atherosclerosis.”
When it comes to food and its effects on your health, don’t rely on the latest headline-grabbers in the media. Rely instead on the real health experts, like the 12 reviewers of this recent paper in Circulation. They’re actually focused on your health, and your health alone.
The Tsimane people in the Amazon rain forest of Bolivia have recently been found to have the lowest reported levels of heart disease of any population examined to date. Their diet is radically different from industrialized society. Nearly three-quarters of their calories come from carbohydrates, but they’re whole, straight-from-the-earth carbohydrates.
Richard Black’s seven-week stay at the Pritikin Longevity Center completely revolutionized his health, giving him the fresh start he needed after retiring.
This short 4-minute video contains highlights from Dr. Greger’s lecture at Pritikin. To watch the full one-hour video, click through to our YouTube channel below. Dr. Michael Greger’s familiarity with Pritikin started at a young age when his grandmother decided to pay us a visit and that visit saved her life. Dr. Greger has since…
Masked hypertension poses the same dangers that any diagnosis of hypertension has, including increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, dementia, and early death.
Dr. Michael Greger’s familiarity with Pritikin started at a young age, when his grandmother decided to pay the Pritikin Longevity Center a visit. That visit saved her life. Dr. Greger has since become a champion of a plant-based diet.
“Typically, reducing salt intake and eating healthier foods, which we teach at the Pritikin Longevity Center, can reduce fluid retention not only in the feet and ankles but also in the lungs. In fact, many people with heart failure who begin living Pritikin-style no longer need their diuretic pills,” notes Dr, Jay Kenney, PhD, RD, nutrition researcher and educator at Pritikin.
When it comes to taking care of your heart, adhering to a proper diet is one of the most important things you can do to prevent disease.