Linking Heart & Brain Health To Dementia Risk

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  • Explore the relationship between dementia and heart disease, including common risk factors
  • Identify dementia-specific signs of heart disease and understand the unique treatment challenges
  • Learn safety strategies for dementia patients to maintain heart health and the role of diet in managing both
  • This video is part of the Reversing Heart Disease Naturally Summit 2.0
Joel Fuhrman, MD

Hi, everybody. Welcome. for joining the Reversing Heart Disease Summit. I have a very special guest, Dr. Dean Ornish. Thank you so much for being with us here today, Dean. In adding wisdom to our summit, let me just speak for a minute or two to introduce Dr. Ornish, and then we will go get ready with the questions. As many of you know, Dean Ornish is most everybody knows Dr. Ornish. He is the Founder and President of the Non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and UCSD. For over 40 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating for the first time that comprehensive lifestyle changes can begin to reverse the progression of even severe coronary artery disease and early-stage prostate cancer, as well as other chronic diseases. He has been involved in spearheading the Nutritional Research Community for Lifestyle Medicine. 

Back in 2010, Medicare started covering Dr. Ornish’s Reversing Heart Disease Program is now even covered during Zoom. People can now get Zoom-wide coverage of his Heart Disease Reversal Program. He is currently directing a new research project, the first randomized controlled trial to determine if intensive lifestyle changes may reverse or stop the progression of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease from dementia. We are all excited about that and his findings, and we are talking to him today about that. He has been the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of many books. He has that incredible TED Talks that have been viewed by many millions of people. He has gotten all these incredible awards over the years. We are all so proud of his accomplishments. The Ornish Diet has been rated No. 1 for Heart Health by U.S. News and World Report. Time magazine, he was rated The Top 100 Innovators. Life Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Members of the Generation. By People Magazine, One of Most Influential People of the Year. By Forbes Magazine, as one of the World’s 7 Most Powerful Teachers of the Year. All these incredible accolades, and we have him here today, adding to your, for this summit. We are excited to have him here. His website is and Also, of course, his latest book, Undo It and he has a website,, as well. Write those things down. if you want to learn more about that. 

Let us get started. I think it is somewhat shortened because there is so much more I can say, but let us jump in. I know you have a lot to add to this summit about heart disease because we know that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other risk factors are reversible. But the number one risk factor, besides things we could measure on the blood test or people’s actual behavior and lifestyle, seems to be a bigger risk factor than even some of these numbers doctors measure. Then, so I had to comment on that one, the link between measurable risk factors and risk factors that are based on lifestyle parameters that doctors do not look at. Then we will get into dementia.


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