Women and Heart Disease: How to Thrive & Inspire Through the Holidays


We are happy to welcome Dr. Akil Taher as he speaks on women and heart disease. Dr. Taher died during open-heart surgery at sixty-one, ran his first half marathon less than a year later, and now, Dr. Akil Taher lives a transformed life. He undertook a mountaineering trek to Mount Kailash (altitudes of 19,000 feet) in Tibet. In October 2011, he ran his first full marathon (26.2 miles or 49.19 kilometers), the Chicago Marathon. In September 2012, Dr. Taher climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Over time he overcame enormous odds and countless injuries using food and a new lifestyle as his medicine. Dr. Akil Taher is a practicing medical doctor, a resurgent physician, an author, eternal optimist, explorer, adventurer, and a strong advocate for a whole food, plant-based vegan lifestyle. He is a Septuagenarian who has educated thousands to understand a way out of the pain of chronic illness and disease. He believes that what you eat is the most important pillar of the 6 Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine, which she shares along with his incredible story. As a resurgent physician, Dr. Taher leverages medical science and lifestyle medicine to treat the underlying cause of the disease and not just the consequence of the disease, supporting the evidence-backed studies that a whole food, plant-based vegan diet and lifestyle can prevent, reverse, and eliminate obesity, diabetes, most chronic illnesses, and heart disease. As an author and speaker, he shares his story and the message of living a heart-healthy, long, vibrant life, with his medical peers, other health practitioners, and those curious about alternatives to surgery and medication. Heart disease among women is the number one killer and is caused primarily by stress. It is called “The Silent Killer” for several reasons, one of which is that most medical professionals are unfamiliar with what heart disease in women presents as and many women go undiagnosed or incorrectly diagnosed. During your time with Dr. Taher, you will come to understand: 1. Why most doctors do not correctly diagnose heart disease in women and readily miss or dismiss it. 2. What heart disease in women (and men) looks like and why it’s so deadly. 3. 3 Things you can do to navigate the Holiday season to thrive and inspire those whose company you will be in.