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Yes. Atherosclerosis – clogging of the arteries – is essentially the same process throughout the body. Because of this, the same comprehensive lifestyle changes of the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation)  that reverse the progression of coronary heart disease may also be beneficial in carotid artery disease and in peripheral artery disease.

A 2014 study published in The Permanente Journal found:

A plant-based diet is increasingly becoming recognized as a healthier alternative to a diet laden with meat.  Atherosclerosis is associated with high dietary intake of meat, fat, and carbohydrates remains the leading cause of mortality in the US. This condition results from progressive damage to the endothelial cells lining the vascular system, including the heart, leading to endothelial dysfunction.


Contributed by

Dean Ornish, MD.
Program Founder

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