Plant-Based Diet Offers Strong Medicine for a Healthy Heart

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It is a troubling statistic! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. Additionally, about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that is 1 in every 4 deaths.

With February being American Heart Month, Kaiser Permanente reminds everyone about the importance of caring for one’s heart by taking steps toward lifestyle changes that can lead to a healthier life. That’s especially important, since about half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease – high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.

“Taking care of your heart should be an everyday commitment,” said Dr. Columbus Batiste, an interventional cardiologist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “Eating health-promoting food, exercising and making the right choices to protect your health are the main steps you should take to ensure a healthy heart.”

One way individuals with a high-risk of heart disease, or those who have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, can help improve their medical condition is by switching to a plant-based diet, Dr. Batiste said.

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