In Prevention: The Most Important Treatment of Heart Disease, cardiologist Dr. Gregg Yamada provides answers to these questions and shares a novel perspective, using diet and exercise, that may help you reduce your risk of heart disease.

Describing prevention as a treatment is not a play on words. The most important treatment of any medical condition is to keep it from occurring in the first place. In order to do a better job at preventing heart disease, both patients and doctors must completely change their approach to heart disease.

Prevention (lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; losing weight through diet and exercise) must be viewed as an actual treatment of heart disease, no different from medications, a heart bypass, or an angioplasty. In other words, controlling your blood pressure and lowering your cholesterol (prevention) is just as important as having an angioplasty (treatment). Losing weight and controlling your diabetes (prevention) is equally as important as bypass surgery (treatment).

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Disclaimer: This website and my statements are educational only and not intended as medical recommendations or advice for any specific patient or a specific condition. I am a cardiologist, but I am not your cardiologist. You must discuss with your personal cardiologist if information you obtain is pertinent to your specific condition and situation. Never begin a diet or exercise program, or change/modify/discontinue any therapy or treatment without the approval of your personal physician.