Can diet reverse hardening of the arteries? This Vancouver study wants to find out

Researchers at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver are looking for 50 people who have heart disease to join an in-depth study on treatment through diet and exercise.

It’s part of a 200-person, national study led from Toronto that will use MRI scans (magnetic resonance imaging) to measure hardening in participants’ arteries when they’re initially assessed and after three years in the program.

Narrowing or hardening of the arteries — also called atherosclerosis — is the build up of plaque inside blood vessels that causes heart attacks. Harmful cholesterol, called LDL cholesterol, contributes to plaque making it a key player in heart disease.

Erin Ellis reports

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