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Reversing Coronary Artery Disease: Results of 5 Year Study | Healing Talks

Reversing Coronary Artery Disease: Results of 5 Year Study

Reversing Coronary

Artery Disease:

Results of 5-Year Study

Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor

(Healingtalks) Several studies have suggested coronary disease could be helped if one maintains a very low serum cholesterol level.

Landmark Coronary Artery Disease Study

In 1985, a study set out to show how effective a physician could be in helping patients with their severe coronary artery disease if they maintain such a cholesterol level. The study selected 22 patients with documented heart disease that was not immediately life threatening. These patients took cholesterol-lowering drugs and followed a plant-based diet with no more than 10% of its calories from fat. Disease progression was measured and quantified. Serum cholesterol  levels were also measured biweekly and for a period of 5 years.

Study Results: Reversing Coronary Artery Disease 

Of the 22 participants, 5 dropped out within 2 years, and 17 maintained the diet, 11 of whom completed a mean of 5.5 years of follow-up. All 11 of these participants reduced their cholesterol level from a mean baseline of 246 mg/dL (6.36 mmol/L) to below 150mg/dL (3.88 mmol/L). Disease was clinically arrested in all these 11 participants, none had new heart attacks. Among the 11 remaining patients after 10 years, six continued the diet and had no further coronary events, whereas the five dropouts who resumed their pre-study diet reported 10 coronary events.

Study Conclusions

By adopting a very low-fat diet, combined with lipid-lowering drugs, a person with severe coronary artery disease can reduce cholesterol levels to below150 mg/dL to thereby arrest and/or reversal of coronary artery disease.


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Based on a study written up by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr, MD; Stephen G. Ellis, MD;
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Keywords: Coronary disease; cholesterol levels; plant-based nutrition; atherosclerosis disease; preventive medicine, cardiac coronary, coronary artery disease, cardiovascular diseases, heart coronary artery diseases

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