In June of 2017 I was diagnosed with moderate heart disease and referred to a cardiologist. A month later I was told I had a severely restricted, bicuspid aortic valve and was at risk of sudden death.

The only recourse for addressing the valve was surgery, but the heart disease created obvious complications. One of those complications was the likelihood of open heart surgery. If the arteries around the heart were clogged, the surgical team would have to insert stints. If the arteries were clear there was the possibility of a minimally invasive surgery resulting in a shorter recovery and fewer long-lasting effects.

I set out on a diet and supplement regimen that would turn out to reverse my heart disease. I maintained a fairly strict diet and regularly took nearly 20 supplements daily. Although difficult to quantify the impact of each supplement individually, one of the major contributors was Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).

My initial CT scan gave me a calcium score of 220- moderate heart disease.  That placed me at more than 90% chance of having a blocked artery.


Two weeks prior to heart surgery the catheterization revealed no evidence of heart disease.

In three months I had gone from moderate heart disease with a high risk of heart attack to “no angiographic evidence” of heart disease.

ACV has long been touted anecdotally as being instrumental in removing calcium from the arteries and I consider it a major factor in eradicating my heart disease. I took ¼ cup of ACV two times a day for three months. ACV has quite a strong taste. Initially I would just take it as a shot by itself, but that got old after a while. I tried different means of making it more palatable, such as mixing with an equal part of juice, or more, such as cranberry juice.

Post-surgery I have found alternate ways of taking ACV for maintenance. I found one drink recipe that is quite refreshing that I use on a regular basis:

  • 12+ oz water
  • ¼ cu of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cu of cranberry juice (organic, unsweetened)
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • ½ tsp ginger (ground or minced)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • dash of cayenne
  • sweetener- honey or stevia as desired

If you try this you may find that warm water mixes the ingredients better- you can drink it warm or chill it with ice or in the fridge.

Another great alternative for daily maintenance without having to choke down ACV in liquid form is to use tablets, like these that I get from Amazon.

Many other factors played into my efforts to beat heart disease and I’ll visit those in future posts.


Disclaimer: The information provided here is commentary and/or opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice or as substitute for professional advice from a qualified health care professional.

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