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Dr. Stephen R. Devries MD

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Executive Director

Email: i***@***.org
Local Address:  Deerfield , Illinois , United States
Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology

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  • MD
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
  • MD , cardiology
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"The health advantage of naturally ..., 13 Oct 2015 [cached]
"The health advantage of naturally occurring sugar is the company it keeps with lots of fiber and a host of healthy vitamins and nutrients," said Dr. Stephen Devries, a preventive cardiologist and executive director of Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology in Deerfield, Ill. "Fiber found in fruits and vegetables cuts the amount of sugar that is absorbed."
"The gut bacteria fueled by artificial sweeteners send chemical signals to the liver to make more sugar," Devries said.
"Many processed foods are devoid of fiber, so the added sugar they contain causes blood sugar levels to soar," Devries explained.
Heart-Healthy Eating, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Heart-Healthy Diets Deciphered, with Dr. Stephen Devries. Medscape, July 14, 2014
That was the view expressed by Stephen Devries, MD, and Robert A. Harrington, MD, in a dialogue transcribed on (July 14, 2014).
Dr. Devries is the Founder and Director of the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.
"I would enjoy the day when…the focus on lifestyle is equal to, if not eclipsing, the focus on…medications," Devries said. What you would expect from an integrative cardiologist, which he defined as "nutrition and lifestyle combined with the best in conventional medicine. In case you're wondering, he doesn't use unproven supplements or strategies. "The evidence base has to be there for whatever we do," he emphasized, "but there is a wide range of evidence to support the emphasis on lifestyle and nutrition that isn't applied as strongly as it could be, and that is the goal of integrative cardiology."
Dr. Devries noted a study which compared a group of individuals who were prescribed statins with a similar group who had not been given statins. In a 10-year follow up it was found that the group who took statins consumed 10% more calories than the non-statin users. "Although it wasn't proof," he observed, "it raised the suspicion that many people feel that when statins are prescribed, there might be a subtle implication that there is a green light to be more liberal with the diet, and it doesn't matter as much now that you are on medication."
While acknowledging the "incredible" importance of statins, especially for high-risk individuals, Devries and Harrington urged a greater attention to diet.
In support, Dr. Devries cited a study reported last year (2013) in the Journal of the American Medical Association that showed nutrition to be number 1 among 17 risk factors for death and disability. "[Nutrition] looms even above all of the other terrible things that we need to work on, such as smoking, physical inactivity, and so forth," he said. "Nutrition…is the low-hanging fruit that we really need to focus on," he added.
Diet of Choice
Asked by Dr. Harrington to describe his diet of choice, Devries responded succinctly: "An executive summary would be a Mediterranean-style diet…heavy on vegetables and fruit, and…whole grains instead of refined and more fish and less red meat.
Rather than focus on individual nutrients, such as saturated fat or unsaturated fat, Devries says it's more helpful to focus on the entire diet.
The beauty of the Mediterranean-style diet is that it looks at whole food and food groups that have been shown to be beneficial, Devries explained.
"The idea is that we don't consume saturated fat; we consume pizza, desserts, cookies, and cakes," he explained. "The problem may be in part that these foods are high in saturated fats, but there are other things that come with the pizza: the high salt content, the high [sugar] content, and so forth."
In keeping with Dr. Devries' thumbnail description, the key is to stick with foods that come the way Mother Nature made them-unprocessed, with little or nothing removed or added. Plain food is best because it comes without sugar or fat added. Mediterranean-style eating is a pleasure, varied, filling and satisfying.
Dr. Devries offered two studies to provide the evidence base for his diet choice: the Lyon Mediterranean diet study (1999) and the PREDIMED study (2013). The final report of the Lyon Diet Heart Study, which involved subjects with preexisting cardiovascular disease, showed a whopping 72% event reduction in the Mediterranean-style diet group compared with the control group who just watched their fat intake. The other study dealt with healthy subjects and showed a 30% decrease in vascular events. "We have, I think, really strong data to support a whole-diet approach, and I think that if we focus on that arena versus this nutrient or that nutrient, we will be in far better shape," he said.
"As clinicians, we are all interested in patients living longer and better; those are the endpoints that we really care about and that have not been shown for those diets," Dr. Devries responded. In short, he didn't recommend either of those diets on a long term basis. They are probably not optimal, in his view.
Finally, the discussion turned to advice for doctors.
Heal Thy Self
Dr. Devries offered the perhaps surprising suggestion that doctors help themselves first. "There are some fascinating data showing that healthcare providers who change their own personal lifestyle are much more likely to counsel patients with regard to lifestyle," he said. We might add that patients are more likely to listen to lifestyle advice from a physician who takes care of him- or herself.
Most of all, Devries urged his colleagues to "impart to the patient the idea that nutrition is really the foundation of health, and that even though patients are getting the medicine [they need]…the nutrition part is still a priority that goes hand in hand with the medication."
Unfortunately, busy cardiologists may have only a few minutes during a clinic visit to discuss nutrition. Devries believes strongly that a few quality minutes can make a "huge difference.
Stephen Devries | Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, 23 May 2015 [cached]
Executive Director: Stephen Devries
Stephen Devries
Dr. Stephen Devries is a preventive cardiologist with over 20 years of clinical experience in university based medical centers. He attended medical school and completed Internal Medicine training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Devries received Cardiovascular subspecialty training at Washington University in St. Louis and later completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Devries previously wrote a weekly column, "Heart Beat", in the Chicago Sun-Times. He authored What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol (2007, Warner Wellness). He later co-edited the textbook Integrative Cardiology (2010, Oxford University Press) with Dr. James Dalen. He has been voted by his peers many years over as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and lectures nationally on integrative approaches to prevention of heart disease.
Upcoming Events | Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, 23 May 2015 [cached]
Dr. Devries will give a plenary talk on "Fats and the Company they Keep: Implications for Heart Health."
Dr. Devries will speak on:
Dr. Devries will speak on:
Stephen Devries and David Eisenberg
Dr. Devries presented a session on:
"Dietary Fats and Heart
Dr. Devries at Head Start
Gaples Institute at Head Start
Dr. Weil and Dr. Devries
Plenary Talk by Dr. Devries: "Fats and Cardiovascular Health Revisited"
Workshop Session by Dr. Devries: "Practical Tips to Help Patients Make Healthy Changes"
"Natural Prescriptions for Heart Health" with Dr. Stephen Devries, Executive Director, Gaples Institute
Dr. Devries discussed "Lifestyle vs Technology: Integrative Approaches to Preventing and Treating Heart Disease"
Dr. Devries will give Grand Rounds on "Interventional Cardiology Delivered with a Fork" at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 9:00 am.
A panel including Dr. Stephen Devries, Dr. Adi Haramati (Georgetown University) and Dr. David Eisenberg (Harvard University and Samueli Institute) pictured to the right presented an experiential program including an update on
In this event hosted by the American Nutrition Association, Dr. Devries discussed new scientific advances that highlight the powerful role of nutrition for heart health. The program also featured nutritionist
*Stephen Devries: Natural Approaches to Heart Health
Presentation on how nutrition can help you maintain strong heart health and prevent disease with Stephen Devries, M.D.
Tribune health reporter Julie Deardorff led a discussion with Dr. Devries
Dr. Stephen Devries
Plenary talk by Dr. Devries:
"Interventional Cardiology Delivered with a Fork"
Talk to Google Employees by Dr. Devries
2 Lectures by Dr. Devries:
"Putting the 'Heart' Back in Cardiology: Focus on the Mind/Heart Connection"
CIMPH » Advisory Board, 1 June 2015 [cached]
Stephen Devries, MD
Associate Professor Division of Cardiology, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University
Dr. Stephen Devries is a preventive cardiologist with a longstanding interest in integrative approaches. He attended medical school and completed his training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Devries went on to cardiovascular subspecialty training at Washington University and later completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Devries was recruited to Northwestern University in 2007, where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and has a busy preventive cardiology clinic emphasizing integrative approaches. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he served as director of the Integrative Program for Heart Disease Prevention at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Devries previously authored the weekly column "Heart Beat" in the Chicago Sun-Times and lectures nationally on integrative approaches to prevention of heart disease. Most recently, he authored a book published "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol."
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