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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out other videos on cardiovascular disease. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

    And check out the associated blog post Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta.

  • MacSmiley

    I can not access this video on YouTube at all, Doc, either on your home page OR by searching for the title. Is “private” your default setting for all your YouTube uploads?

    Sorry about my old Palm. I can only access YouTube videos on YouTube itself.

  • Chuckx6

    Another great video, Michael, thanks for all the information you may available. Question: From my studies of a plants-only diet I’d guess eating this way would reverse or prevent this bulding aorta. Esselsty and other say cholesterol of 150 or less makes us heart attack proof. Does the aorta problem fall into that category? Thank you. ~ Chuck

  • DrDons

    Good question… the aorta falls into the same category. Arterial disease affects all the arteries in the body. The blood supply to the aortic wall is from small vessels, vaso vasorum, that originate in the aorta. These get blocked and inflamed just like the coronary arteries do.

  • Chuckx6

    Thank you DrDons. I thought that’d be the case but wasn’t positive.

  • moonrican

    Dr. Greger: i have been recently dx with dissection of the celiac trunk artery – a very rare occurance. I am being treated with anticoagulants to prevent clogging or aneurysm formation and was told to avoid foods high in vitamin k during the course of TX, expected 3/6 months. Any recommendations in terms of diet and pevention? Thanks for your attention to this inquiry¡

  • Dave a

    hello Doctor my aorta has been 4.4 for a while now or may even be larger now as the scan was inconclusive for size. I also have a bicuspid aortic valve. Is exercise important as well as nutrition?
    I would like to know what I can do naturally as my doctor wants to put me on beta blockers & I am against prescription drugs,well unless they are going to save my life anyway

    • Dr.Driver

      Yes, both are important as you can see in this video
      Hope that helps! Talk to your doctor about how strenuous you can be with your exercise. It may be a good idea to start with a certified personal training to get you pointed in the right direction as you get going on an exercise program.

  • JimmyNC

    I have recently been diagnosed with aortic stenosis. I have been following the plant based diet in your latest book. By using this diet, will I be able to reverse the damage to my aortic valve. I will be evaluated by a cardiologist within the next couple of weeks. I am really trying not to have to undergo open heart surgery to replace the valve as I am only 52 years old. The only symptom I have is tiredness. Thanks for your help.

  • greuv

    is calcification of the carotid arteries reversible through the nutritional diets you’ve championed? thanks

    • docbeccy

      Calcification is one of the last stops in a chronic inflammation response to repeated injury. If the calcium deposits are on the younger side in the lesion there can at times be some resorption of the blockage including the calcium deposits. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish have published some impressive reversal of heart disease results as well as have books delineating their dietary recommendations to have similar results on your own.