The South Beach Heart Program - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/07

The South Beach Heart Program

The South Beach Diet changed the way we think about fats and carbs.

Now that same author and cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston has just released a new book called the South Beach Heart Program. This time, the focus is not on weight but preventing heart attacks and strokes by following four steps.

The first step is probably the hardest, you have to adopt a healthy diet with whole fruits, grains, vegetables, and lean protein. Step two is a workout plan that emphasizes Pilate-style exercises in addition to walking. Step three recommends diagnostic testing like C-T scans that look for heart disease.

"If you're in your thirties or forties and you're heading for a heart attack in your fifties or sixties, you're already building plaque in your coronary arteries and we can image the plaque non invasively,"said Dr. Arthur Agatston, a Cardiologist.  

There are also blood tests now that can measure inflammation markers plus count and check the size of the good and bad cholesterol particles. All those screenings are recommended in step three and finally, the last step depends on whether you need medication to bring down your cholesterol. If you do, then step four is to get what you need to heal your heart.

Again, it's called the South Beach Heart Program and it is available at Lubbock book stores.

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