Elimination of Angina, Comprehensive Cardio-Metabolic Risk Reduction, and 50-Pound Weight Loss in a US Navy Veteran with Myasthenia Gravis

  • Themis A Yiaslas VA Northern California Health Care System
  • June Taylor VA Northern California Health Care System
  • Janelle Embree VA Northern California Health Care System
  • Saul Schaefer VA Northern California Health Care System
Keywords: Coronary Artery Disease, Atherosclerosis, Healthy Lifestyle, Plant Based Diet, Veterans, Angina, Anestis

Abstract

SUMMARY:

The following case report documents the personal story of a 65 year-old male veteran of the US Navy who participated in an interdisciplinary lifestyle intervention called the Heart Disease Reversal Program at his local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.  After having two heart attacks within 62 days and feeling demoralized, he adopted a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet, as defined by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  His story suggests that patients with multimorbidity, including autoimmune diseases that limit physical activity, may find the WFPB diet to be a feasible and effective treatment for severe angina and comprehensive cardio-metabolic risk reduction.

Author Biographies

Themis A Yiaslas, VA Northern California Health Care System

Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Clinic, Integrated Care Program, Sacramento VA Medical Center, Mather, CA

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA

June Taylor, VA Northern California Health Care System

Registered Nurse, Cardiology Section, Department of Internal Medicine, VA Northern California Health Care System, Mather, CA

Janelle Embree, VA Northern California Health Care System

Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Nutrition and Food Service, Sacramento VA Medical Center, Mather CA

Saul Schaefer, VA Northern California Health Care System

Cardiologist, Cardiology Section, Department of Internal Medicine, VA Northern California Health Care System, Mather, CA

Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine

Published
2019-03-19
How to Cite
Yiaslas, T., Taylor, J., Embree, J., & Schaefer, S. (2019). Elimination of Angina, Comprehensive Cardio-Metabolic Risk Reduction, and 50-Pound Weight Loss in a US Navy Veteran with Myasthenia Gravis. International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, 1(1), 7 pp. Retrieved from https://ijdrp.org/index.php/ijdrp/article/view/21