Improving cardiac health through the power of a plant-based diet
Cardiac health is an essential part of a vibrant and fulfilling life—a key to overall wellness and longevity. The Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Einstein Advanced Care is focused on whole-food, plant-based nutrition, to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Founded and led by Robert J. Ostfeld, MD, MSc, Director of Preventive Cardiology and Professor of Medicine, the program is producing exceptional results for enrolled patients: lower blood pressure and cholesterol, significant weight loss, and improvements in angina, erectile dysfunction, type 2 diabetes and other conditions.
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What We Offer
Available for private, one-on-one consultations, Dr. Ostfeld will address specific health needs, goals and concerns—and explain in detail the science behind a whole-food, plant-based diet. Following a full cardiovascular assessment, he will provide comprehensive lifestyle and dietary guidance, including optimizing foods and dietary patterns, and he will recommend medications and procedures when needed.
Enrolled patients have full access to follow-up visits, both in-person and virtual, with Dr. Ostfeld as needed. These sessions are designed to help support key lifestyle changes; make necessary adjustments to medications, therapies and procedures; and to track and evaluate progress overall.
- Evidence-based background of the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet
- How dietary changes can affect heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction and type 2 diabetes
- The myths, truths and realities associated with plant-based diets
- Pragmatic ways to incorporate a whole-food, plant-based diet into daily life
Conditions We Treat
Our patients tell us that they feel better—and can do more—than they have in decades, the result of a whole food, plant-based diet that may help prevent and treat conditions that include:
- Angina (chest pain)
- Coronary artery disease
- Erectile dysfunction
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Low energy levels
- Overweight and obesity
- Type 2 diabetes
Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, created the Cardiac Wellness Program to help his patients make key diet and lifestyle changes with a unique, nutrition-centered approach to the management of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Ostfeld earned his Doctor of Medicine from Yale University and his Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his medical internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiology and preventive cardiology fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ostfeld is now the Director of Preventive Cardiology and a Professor of Medicine at Montefiore Einstein.