Heart disease is the world's leading epidemic. It claims more lives than all types of cancer united. The American Heart Association reports over half of the population has some form of heart disease and is the # 1 cause of death in the US.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are the leading risk factors for heart disease. According to the CDC, approx 47% of Americans have at least one of these gateway conditions.
If you also happen to be overweight or obese, have diabetes, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, consume an unhealthy diet, or get limited exercise, you are significantly increasing your risk of developing some form of heart disease.
There is a long list of conditions categorized as heart disease. They are as follows:
♥ Congenital Heart Disease (Deformities developed since birth)
♥ Arrhythmia (Irregular heartbeats)
♥ Coronary Artery Disease (Arteries with cholesterol build-up)
♥ Dilated Cardiomyopathy (Weakened heart muscles unable to pump blood properly)
♥ Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
♥ Heart Failure (Heart can not pump blood throughout the body)
♥ Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Genetic disorder of left ventricle thickening - the leading cause of sudden death in athletes)
♥ Mitral Regurgitation (Mitral valve in the heart does not close tightly)
♥ Mitral Valve Prolapse (Valve between the left atrium and ventricle does not close properly)
♥ Pulmonary Stenosis (Insufficient blood pumping to the pulmonary artery due to the pulmonary valve being too tight)
Aside from the rare chance that you have a form of heart disease caused by your genetics, you have a pretty high level of control over preventing and recovering from these risk factors and conditions.
The most effective strategy is changing your lifestyle. Medications and surgeries do not address the root cause of heart disease. They should not be viewed as a permanent solution.
A plant-based diet rich in nutrient-dense, whole foods without the intake of highly processed ingredients is proven to have miraculous results.
Meat, dairy, eggs, processed foods are filled with saturated fats and cholesterol ranking them as the top categories of food that cause a build-up of plaque (cholesterol).
Changing the way you eat has the most dramatic effect on reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Whole plant-based foods do not create cholesterol. Studies have actually proven that they can enhance the state of your arteries and reverse any onset of disease.
Adding in a daily exercise routine and significantly reducing your alcohol intake, can make a plant-based lifestyle more beneficial against high-risk heart disease.
For me, nothing is more inspiring than hearing from those who have implemented these strategies for themselves.
Here are 3 life-changing stories from people who have been transformed through going plant-based. They are from a website called Forks Over Knives.
Cheers to being inspired to go plant-based!!
I am not an affiliate, nor do I work for Forks Over Knives. I am inspired by these stories, live a whole foods plant-based lifestyle myself, and support the education and efforts of their movement.