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Publisher Description

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea-that we can, in fact, abolish the heart disease epidemic in this country by changing our diets. Drawing on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.

Furthermore, it can eliminate the need for expensive and invasive surgical interventions, such as bypass and stents, no matter how far the disease has progressed. Dr. Esselstyn began his research with a group of patients who joined his study after traditional medical procedures to treat their advanced heart disease had failed. Within months of following a plant-based, oil-free diet, their angina symptoms eased, their cholesterol levels dropped significantly, and they experienced a marked improvement in blood flow to the heart. Twenty years later, the majority of Dr. Esselstyn's patients continue to follow his program and remain heart-attack proof.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease explains the science behind these dramatic results, and offers readers the same simple, nutrition-based plan that has changed the lives of his patients forever. In addition, Dr. Esselstyn provides more than 150 delicious recipes that he and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have enjoyed for years and used with their patients. Clearly written and backed by irrefutable scientific evidence, startling photos of angiograms, and inspiring personal stories, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease will empower readers to take charge of their heart health. It is a powerful call for a paradigm shift in heart-disease therapy.

February 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Freth ,

A guide to a healthy diet.

In 2008 I started to have issues with my gall bladder. I went to the specialist and was told I needed to have it removed because it was scarred and I had stones. Instead of having the operation, I went on what would be an 8 month long diet change. I used this book (and Joel Fuhrman's Eat To Live, which is more liberal with fats) to create a common-sense diet for myself. I eliminated meats and dairy, stopped drinking sugary drinks, replaced snacks with fruit and ate beans, nuts, leafy greens and veggies and meat substitute (frozen patties), whole grains, etc. I went from 220 lbs to 189 in 8 months without a change in exercise habits. I felt great and I looked great. I started to cheat at the end of the 8 months and had gall bladder attacks again, subsequently having it removed... but the point is, what Esselstyn lays out is common-sense and it works and I truly believe it will make you heart attack proof. If you abide by the simple rules of this diet, you'll get results and you'll feel better. Trust me. The thing to remember is that diet change is not temporary, it is permanent. After a month of my diet change my tastes changed. If you stick with it and make it a way of life, you'll reap the benefits. One of the hard parts was ordering at restaurants because everything is meat first, veggies second... but most restaurants offer a veggie plate or veggie entrees you can get. There is no excuse for not eating right, plain and simple. It works and I stand by this book 100%. I devised my own diet from these pages and I can now go to the grocery store and avoid all of the junk and be in and out in a matter of a half hour or less because I know exactly what I want. Do it for yourself, do it for life.

Doug Robertson ,


When I was 31, I had a heart attack. Doctors were confused, because my veins were surprisingly clear except for the clot in my LAD. Even though I was over 350 lbs., my entire medical staff felt that I was too young for the cumulative effects of bad living to catch up to me. One of my Internists recommended this book, so my friend bought a copy for my wife to read whilst bedside in the Cardiac ICU. We followed the guidelines set forth in the book as soon as I got out of the hospital, and eleven months later, I had lost 100 lbs. and dropped my cholesterol

Zelibeli poker queen ,

Prevent and reverse Heart disease

Loved reading this book. I read it a fews Years back and I became a changed person. Not right away but slowly. The last two years I became a Vegan and a big part of it was from reading this book. I wanted to read it again and just finished.
I love my life since this plant based living, I was on high blood pressure pills but no more, I was on asthma meds but no more . Thank you Dr. Esselstyn.