Heart Health

Web Resources

  • PCRM Resources
  • The Plantrician Project's Resource Portal - Research: Cardiovascular Health
  • Dr Esselstyn’s FAQ page – answers all those questions about nuts, seeds, leafy greens and warfarin, etc.
  • Dr. McDougall's Health & Medical Center
      • Heart Disease & Atherosclerosis - An expected part of aging in Western societies is the breakdown of your arteries, yet this problem is almost never found in populations of people who follow a diet low in animal-derived and processed foods. To clean up your arteries, a very low-fat, no-cholesterol diet must be followed strictly. Immediate benefits such as relief of chest pain and tolerance for more exercise are seen within days. Heart surgery fails to prolong life in the vast majority of people and is fraught with serious side effects, including permanent brain damage.
      • High Blood Pressure - Blood pressure rises naturally in response to a clogging of your blood vessels in order to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your body. The pharmaceutical industry’s answer is to inhibit the natural mechanisms of the body, causing the pressure to fall. The problem with this artificial reduction of pressure is that nothing helpful has been accomplished by the medication to improve the health of the blood vessels themselves. The arteries remain fragile and ready to burst into a stroke or heart attack. Attacking the cause of the problem – the rich Western diet – cleans up and strengthens the blood vessels and reduces the resistance to blood flow. Your blood pressure will then fall naturally.
      • Cholesterol & Triglycerides: Risk Factors - Doctors and drug companies aim to reduce blood fat levels through medications like Lipitor, but the benefits in lives saved by these drugs fall short of expectations. Well-informed patients will resolve elevated cholesterol and triglyceride values by dealing with the cause: a diet high in animal products and low in plant foods.


  • Optimal Diet: Just Give It to Me Straight, Doc - Referring to heart disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., asks, “Why is there reticence to provide the public with guidelines that will spare them this disease or its progression?” in an article published in The American Journal of Cardiology.
  • Vegans with High Cholesterol - Sarah Taylor - Having a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol, eating Whole Food, Plant-based might be a life-saver.

  • Normal Numbers Don’t Equal Good Health - Dr. Alona PuldeWe are lured by modern medicine and pharmaceutical companies to believe that pills that will get our numbers under control (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc.) and will rid us of our diseases. In reality, these medications at best manage our diseases and more commonly give us a false sense of security that not only doesn’t cure us, but often gets us into trouble.

Video Links

  • Making Heart Attacks History - Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. - argues that heart attacks, the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide, are a "food borne illness" and explains why diet is the most powerful medicine.
  • Dr Esselstyn at Medina Ohio – Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr -  talks about a ground breaking concept for a plant based diet. This information goes into depth about the down side of the typical American diet. This information could save your life.
  • How to Reverse Heart Disease Part 1 and Part 2 - Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr - Dr. McDougall's Advanced Study Weekend.
  • The Last Heart Attack - A Groundbreaking CNN Report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta - CNN's Chief medical correspondent. He has been investigating the No. 1 killer in America for over a year. Now, he has life-saving lessons to share, things your doctor may not tell you.

  • Your Body Before and After A Fatty Meal - ABC News - shows the effect a typical take-out meal has on your arteries within 2 hours of consumption.
  • Eliminating 90% of Heart Disease Risk - Dr. Michael Greger - Preventing and treating chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke with diet and lifestyle changes is not just safer but may be dramatically more effective
  • Blocking the First Step of Heart Disease - Dr Michael Greger - By preventing the buildup of cholesterol in our bloodstream, we can prevent atherosclerosis in our coronary arteries - the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. This involves increasing our intake of fiber-containing plant foods, and decreasing our intake of trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol found in junk food and animal products.

  • Cancer Reversal Through Diet? - Dr Michael Greger - This video starts off by discussing a landmark study by Dr Dean Ornish, way back in 1993, which showed that intensive lifestyle changes can reverse atherosclerosis, opening up narrowed arteries. The discussion then moves to cancer prevention: a welcome side effect for a heart disease treatment program.
  • Cholesterol & Lower Back Pain - Dr. Michael Greger - High cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis in the vertebral arteries that nourish our spine, and result in disc degeneration and lower back pain—a leading cause of disability.
  • Cholesterol & Female Sexual Dysfunction - Dr. Michael GregerThe buildup of cholesterol in pelvic arteries can lead to sexual problems among both men and women via a similar pathway (erectile dysfunction).
  • Raise the Flag with a Vegan Diet - Forks Over Knives Segment - Learn about how a healthy plant-based diet improves blood flow throughout the body.
  • Preventing Kidney Failure through Diet - Dr. Michael GregerGiven how vascular our kidneys are, it should comes as no surprise that animal protein, animal fat, and cholesterol are associated with declining kidney function (microalbuminurea—loss of protein in the urine), which can be an early warning sign not only for kidney failure, but also for heart disease and a shortened lifespan.

Audio Links

  • Ending the War Against Our Hearts - Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr - About halfway through this interview, Dr. Esselstyn cuts through all the confusion with a simple explanation of when high cholesterol matters, and when it doesn't. And it's probably not what you think.
  • Eradicating Lifestyle Disease with Cardiologist - Dr. Robert Ostfeld“Outside of an emergency medical condition that requires an urgent intervention, I have never seen anything come close to providing the breadth and depth of benefits that the plant-based lifestyle offers.”



  • Cholesterol Converter - convert your cholesterol numbers from mmol/l (used in South Africa) to mg/dl (used in North America)