The Health of Our Hearts

Happy American Heart Month!

February not only brings us Valentine’s Day, but a time to focus on the health of our hearts. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and studies show that children as young as 10, may show the beginning signs of the disease with the appearance of plaque in their arteries.

There have been numerous advancements in medicine to treat heart disease both before and after a cardiac event or heart attack such as bypass, stents, angioplasty and a variety of drugs. These are treatments for symptoms of the disease, but not the root cause. What we eat has a direct impact on our cardiovascular health.

There has only been one diet that has been shown to reverse heart disease. Two books that outline this way of eating are Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease by Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD. Both these references can guide you to better heart health whether you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or not. It is never too late or too early to eat for a healthy heart!

Enjoy this video from NutritionFacts.org on How Not to Die from Heart Disease.

And here is a heart healthy recipe with just a little bit of decadence to share with your Sweetie this week!

By Ruth Abate, MS, CNS, LD, Directory of Dietary Services at Prairie View