Dr. Esselstyn (and the Reversal of Heart Disease) — A Case For Plant Based

About Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

  • B.A. from Yale University (1956)
  • M.D. from Western Reserve University (1961)
  • Olympic gold medalist in rowing (1956)
  • Surgical training from Cleveland Clinic and St. George’s Hospital in London
  • Army surgeon in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star (1968)
  • President of Medical Staff, Board member, and Chairman at Cleveland Clinic
  • President of American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (1991)
  • Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute
  • American College of Cardiology fellow
  • Over 150 scientific publications in peer review journals
  • and a multitude of other awards and accomplishments

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Reversal of Heart Disease

  • 15 cases of increased angina
  • 13 cases of measurable disease progression
  • 7 bypass surgeries
  • 4 heart attacks
  • 3 strokes
  • 2 angioplasty procedures
  • 2 worsening stress test results
  • no coronary events from start of study
  • 11 had no progression of CAD
  • 8 had reversal of CAD
  • 4 cardiac bypass operations
  • 4 cases of increased angina
  • 2 new episodes of ventricular tachycardia
  • 1 angioplasty
  • a new case of congestive heart failure
  • 1 death
  • no additional coronary events
  • average cholesterol decreased from 246 to 137
  • every participant had cholesterol levels less than 150
  • 9 patients entered the study with angina
  • 7 experienced much improved angina
  • 2 completely eliminated it
  • exercise capacity improved
  • reported enhanced sexual activity and cured impotence

Subsequent Study

  • 119 had undergone previous coronary intervention (stents or bypass surgery)
  • 44 had previous heart attacks
  • 99.4% avoided any major cardiac event (including heart attack and stroke)
  • 144 improved
  • 39 experienced reversal of CAD
  • 4 worsened
  • 5 deaths, but none of them were cardiac-related
  • 93% improved angina
  • average 18.7 pound weight loss
  • 0 improved
  • 11 with CAD progression
  • 13 worsened
  • 2 deaths, both of which were cardiac-related

Controversy

Where is the actual controversy?

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Dr. Esselstyn’s legacy

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