Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Year Published: 2019

Journal

Complement Ther Med

Authors

Najjar RS, Montgomery BD

Methods

This study was designed to look at the potential of a plant-based diet to treat congestive heart failure. Three patients consumed a defined plant-based diet for an average of 79 days.

Key Findings

Follow-up cardiac MRI images showed 92% increase in ejection fraction, 62% increase in stroke volume, and 17% increase in cardiac output. All patients reported less shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Authors conclude that a defined plant-based diet may contribute to the reversal of heart abnormalities seen with congestive heart failure.