170: Preventing and Recovering from Heart Disease Through Good Health Habits with Dr. Akil Taher


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Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death worldwide, so Dr. Akil Taher will take us through his experiences and challenges with heart diseases and the impact of healthy diets in preventing and recovering from various chronic illnesses.

Key takeaways to listen for

  • Poor stress management: Causes and consequences to your health
  • Powerful ways to turn setbacks into healthier opportunities
  • Top harmful foods to avoid for a healthier diet
  • How to overcome the challenges of adopting a plant-based diet
  • Risk factors increasing heart attacks for South Asians
  • 6 pillars to long-term health and overall wellness

Resources mentioned in this episode.

About Dr. Akil Taher

Akil Taher, MD, is a practicing physician living in Atlanta, GA. He was raised in Mumbai, India, and trained in family medicine at the Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio.

Dr. Taher is an eternal optimist, explorer, and adventurer who, in 2010, at the age of sixty-one, dramatically altered the conventional script adopted by most bypass surgery patients by undertaking a mountaineering trek to Mount Kailash in Tibet. This was a year after his open-heart surgery.

Over the last decade, he has overcome acute and chronic medical ailments by transforming his mind, body, and spirit by adopting a plant-based diet, practicing yoga and meditation, regular exercise, and developing a positive and purpose-driven mindset.

Dr. Taher is also a speaker focused on spreading the message of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Open Heart is his first book, and it chronicles his exploits since his heart surgery. He is happily married and has two children and an adorable grandson.

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