A defined, plant-based diet as a potential therapeutic approach in the treatment of heart failure: A clinical case series

Year Published: 2019


Complement Ther Med


Najjar RS, Montgomery BD


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

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.