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Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Protecting Your Heart

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You've seen that medical therapy and lifestyle changes can prevent or halt the progression of coronary atherosclerosis, and even potentially reverse it. You've seen that they have been shown to help prevent heart attacks and prolong life.

You've also seen that much of the testing and surgery done today in response to heart disease is not only unnecessary but also downright dangerous to the patient. Angioplasty and stents don't "fix" patients. They're the equivalent of cosmetic surgery for the arteries: they may make them look good, but they don't do anything but cover up the problem. Heart bypass surgery is rarely the answer either. It doesn't do anything to change the underlying issue that created the need for surgery in the first place.

But you've also seen how you can drastically reduce your odds of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and stroke, as well as other illnesses related to unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

The Ozner Ten-Step Prevention Plan:

l. Follow a Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean diet has been consumed by the peoples of the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years, and is the only diet that has ever received so much scientific scrutiny and validation: carefully documented scientific research conducted over the past six decades has conclusively proven that this diet drastically reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. It's also the basis for the diet I have successfully used in my preventive cardiology practice for over twenty years. It features vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, red wine, minimal lean meat, extra virgin olive oil as the primary source of fat, plenty of fish, and ideally, no processed foods, refined carbohydrates, or trans fats.

2. Exercise Regularly. Studies show that exercise doesn't have to be excessive, and it doesn't even have to take place all at once, but one way or another, you need to get at least thirty minutes of it daily to maintain optimum cardiovascular health. Forget the excuses. It doesn't require an expensive gym membership (although gym memberships are fine, if used) or an investment in bulky or expensive exercise equipment.

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