164- How to Stay Off the Cardiologist’s Operating Table with Dr. Philip Ovadia

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

November 11, 2021

As heart disease continues to be the number one leading cause of death in the US, and 1 in 4 deaths being attributed to heart disease, it is a topic we need to continue discussing.

I have had a couple other cardiologists on the show talking about heart disease, Dr. Jack Wolfson and Dr. Bret Scher. This week, my guest is a cardiologist who has performed thousands of heart surgeries over the years, and he wants to make sure you don't end up on his operating table.

Dr. Philip Ovadia will give us strategies to avoid surgery as best we can, and to take care of our hearts early in life so we don't become another statistic.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How weight can impact heart health
  • Why most cardiologists aren't recommending lifestyle changes and instead rely on medications and surgery
  • How foods impact the condition of your heart
  • How to test for important metabolic factors and catch heart problems early


  • [0:00] Welcome to the Summit For Wellness Podcast
  • [3:00] Who is Dr. Philip Ovadia and what made him interested in Cardiology
  • [4:30] After thousands of surgeries, what is the most common problems Dr. Ovadia has seen
  • [5:45] Dr. Philip Ovadia used to be really overweight, and the stress of long days of being a surgeon put him at risk for heart issues
  • [9:30] What was it like giving advice to patients about their weight when Dr. Ovadia was 100lbs overweight himself
  • [11:15] What were some of the first things Dr. Philip Ovadia learned that are primary causes for heart disease
  • [13:00] It can be tough to make lifestyle changes, but if you give them the blueprint to make successful changes then it isn't as hard
  • [16:00] Why don't all cardiologists recommend lifestyle changes first before prescribing medications
  • [17:45] How do you improve the quality of the foods you consume
  • [18:45] What is metabolic health and how do you establish how well yours is working
  • [21:00] Is there one diet that rules them all, or do diets need to be tailored to the individual person
  • [23:15] How do you make eating real food less of a chore and also make it cheaper than eating processed foods
  • [26:00] Ways other than metabolic health to stay off the operating table
  • [28:15] Cholesterol's role is to repair the damage from inflammation, so by trying to treat the cholesterol, you are missing the main reason for it
  • [30:15] How much of our cholesterol comes directly from food
  • [32:15] How do you test for metabolic health
  • [37:45] When at conferences with other cardiologists, do many of them want to teach this stuff to their patients, or only focus on statins and surgeries
  • [40:30] What is Dr. Philip Ovadia's version 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 Guest

Website: OvadiaHeartHealth.com

Social Media: Facebook

Learn from Dr. Philip Ovadia how to stay off the heart operating table.

Learn from Dr. Philip Ovadia how to stay off the heart operating table.

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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