According to Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president of Preventative Medicine Research Institute, it is possible for individuals to slow down and even reverse heart disease. To do so requires those at risk to change what they eat, how much they move, their weight and how they manage their stress.
Ornish published a book with the findings of his research, and from that research he states that "with significant lifestyle changes, blood flow to the heart and its ability to pump normally improve in less than a month, and the frequency of chest pains fell by 90 percent in that time."
To reverse heart disease, Ornish recommends people start by walking at least half an hour a day, or an hour three times a week. They should also incorporate yoga and meditation into their routine to help manage stress. One of the biggest changes those at risk need to make is their diet.
Moderate changes help prevent further damage, but it won't be enough to reverse it. To reverse heart disease, individuals need to cut out most meats, in fact, Ornish recommends they go vegetarian. They need to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, egg whites and nonfat dairy, and avoid fats, refined sugar and processed carbs. The foods should be in their natural form as much as possible.