Learn from Dr. Bret Scher the best ways to prevent heart health issues

148- Best Ways to Improve Your Heart Health w Dr. Bret Scher

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

April 29, 2021

The low-fat diet theory for heart disease was founded back in the 1960's, and it became mainstream in the 1980's. At that point, the federal government, physicians, and even health media was portraying the low fat diet as the way to save all of our hearts.

After decades, the number one cause of death in the US is, you guessed it, heart disease. Which means that reducing our fat consumption might not have been the right call for our hearts.

In this episode with Cardiologist Dr. Bret Scher, we will be talking all about heart disease and prevention strategies.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Why is heart disease the number 1 cause of death
  • Different lab markers to check for potential risk factors
  • Flaws found in research studies for heart disease
  • Different ways to prevent or minimize risk of heart disease


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [2:15] Who is Dr. Bret Scher and what made him interested in cardiology
  • [5:45] Are there many cardiologists who focus more on prevention than on surgical intervention
  • [7:45] How many people die each year from heart-related issues
  • [9:15] How long does it take for heart disease to develop
  • [11:30] Should people get lab tests done early on in adulthood so you have a baseline to compare to later in life
  • [13:45] What markers on labwork show potential risk factors for heart disease
  • [16:00] If insurance won't cover these lab tests, what are ways people can still have these tests run
  • [17:45] Are we able to use wearables to glean any indications of heart problems
  • [20:15] Will low-fat diets fix heart disease
  • [28:00] Correlation does not equal causation
  • [30:00] It is very difficult to have accurate medical studies on humans because you can't trap humans in a controlled environment for years to see what happens to their body
  • [31:00] Should you avoid foods high in cholesterol
  • [34:15] What are the roles of statins to control cholesterol levels
  • [37:45] What are some ways someone can improve their lifestyle to improve heart health
  • [40:45] What is Dr. Bret Scher's vision of what 'healthy' looks like

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dr. Bret Scher

Dr. Bret Scher shares ways to improve heart health

Dr. Bret Scher shares ways to improve heart health

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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