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How to Reverse Heart Disease

Learn how to reverse heart disease from Dr. Dennis Finkielstein in this Howcast video.

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So how can we reverse heart disease?

That's a great question. Oftentimes, we can significantly improve heart disease if not reverse it. How we do that of course depends on the cause in the first place.

If the cause was atherosclerosis or build up of cholesterol in the arteries, it's often hard to get that cholesterol out or remove it from the arteries. But what we can do certainly is stop the progression, and decrease the effects of that build up in the artery. One way would to take medicines which help lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, to make healthy choices in your diet, and to see your doctor regularly.

If we're talking about other types of heart disease, like cardiomyopathy which is a weak heart muscle, or a valvular heart disease where the doors in the heart don't work well. Sometimes a procedure or a surgery would be required to help fix that and reverse the heart decease.

But the good news is that in general even when we can't reverse it, we can make life a lot better. We can help the heart work more efficiently, and help you have less symptoms, and lead a healthy life. And that is almost always the case, so the right thing to do would be to see your doctor and follow the doctor's advice.

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