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Food: The Vital Adjunct to Cardiovascular Care

By Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC

As a cardiac care community, we have certainly become exceptionally adroit at managing heart disease – prescribing statins, treating hypertension, and implanting stents and defibrillators. But we do all this while failing to effectively address the underlying fundamental root cause of atherosclerosis – poor nutrition.

Of the seven modifiable risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease – smoking, inactivity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes/prediabetes, excess weight, and poor diet – five are nutrition related. So simply putting people on statins to normalize their lipid readings without fully addressing what they eat is therefore not a cure – it is only a masking of risk.

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