The study showed that a vegetarian diet, moderate exercise and a daily hour of yoga and meditation can produce a reversal of atherosclerosis, a blockage of arteries that can lead to a heart attack in men and women who were very strict Day in monitoring regime.
Experts say this is the first study to report that the blockade as can be reversed without using cholesterol-lowering drugs or surgery.
The study, conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish, director of the Research Institute of Preventive Medicine in Sausalito, California, was presented at the meeting of the American Heart Association in New Orleans.
This study is extremely important in controlling heart disease. It is the same studio the first indicates the regression of coronary heart disease without pharmaceutical intervention. The results also suggest that current medical guidelines for changes in the habits of people with severe heart disease do not go far enough.
Previous studies have shown that exercise and diet changes can slow the progression of heart disease, but not the reverse.
Although the study did not determine what percentage of improvement can be attributed to changes in lifestyle, the researchers found that stress management methods have been shown to ease recovery from a variety of disorders, including hypertension.
But some experts are skeptical of the need for stress management methods that are not currently among standard recommendations for people with severe heart disease.
Some experts on cardiac rehabilitation question whether most people with heart disease could follow such strict changes in their habits.