Yes, it’s entirely possible to do so using an integrative medicine approach. Central to everything is the role that diet plays in reversing any type of chronic degenerative disease. The diet that we recommend is an anti-inflammatory diet. In general, it’s more of a plant-based diet which consists primarily of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. A person who needs animal protein may try fish (least inflammatory, preferably small fish) and poultry/lamb/beef, provided that they’re free range and hormone-free. I do not recommend pork for a variety of reasons. If a person wants to be more specific in their diet, then they can do a food intolerance/sensitivity test. Anti-inflammatory supplements that are good for cardiovascular health include the omega-3 fatty acids, derived either from fish or flax (for vegetarians out there).

Reducing stress levels is a major approach that Dr. Dean Ornish from northern California has used to reverse heart disease. His approach primarily involves the practice of yoga. Other stress reduction or relaxation techniques that a person may benefit from include exercise, massage and last and certainly not the least, prayer.

It’ll be good to know reversible inflammatory risk factors that contribute to heart disease. Knowing your ratio of good to bad cholesterol is important. Using natural cholesterol lowering agents such as garlic, policosanol, guggulipids and red yeast rice extract is safer than taking synthetic meds which could affect the brain, liver and muscles (including cardiac muscles). Other tests worth doing include hs-CRP, lipoprotein-a, fibrinogen, ferritin and homocysteine. Abnormal levels of any of the preceding tests could actually be treated naturally.

Looking at hormone levels is something definitely checking. Low testosterone and estrogen in men and and women respectively could negatively affect cardiovascular health. Optimizing levels of either goes a long way in improving not only a person’s heart but their overall health as well.