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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2015, Article ID 978906, 3 pages
Case Report

A Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet Reversed Angina without Medications or Procedures

1Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10467, USA
2Department of Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY 10461, USA
3New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA

Received 19 December 2014; Accepted 28 January 2015

Academic Editor: Markus Ferrari

Copyright © 2015 Daniele Massera et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A 60-year-old man presented with typical angina and had a positive stress test. He declined both drug therapy and invasive testing. Instead, he chose to adopt a whole-food plant-based diet, which consisted primarily of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, potatoes, beans, legumes, and nuts. His symptoms improved rapidly, as well as his weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Plant-based diets have been associated with improved plasma lipids, diabetes control, coronary artery disease and with a reduction in mortality. Adoption of this form of lifestyle therapy should be among the first recommendations for patients with atherosclerosis.