A whole person, personalized approach for the management and prevention of heart disease and heart attacks.

A whole person, personalized approach for the management and prevention of heart disease and heart attacks. 

There is so much more to a heart healthy diet than simply eliminating certain foods. Adding in therapeutic foods and nutrients is just as important for your blood flow, heartbeat regularity, and the optimization of your blood vessel health.

When you follow a science-based plan with a focus on food your body needs for optimal heart health, you can reduce blood pressure, address underlying inflammation, reduce oxidative stress, increase heart function, and truly reduce your risk of heart attacks and stroke. 

A cardiac dietitian, who specializes in heart health, can be your guide towards a healthier future.

Personalized Heart Health Nutrition

Who is Michelle Routhenstein, MS, RD, CDCES, CDN?

Michelle Routhenstein is a Cardiology Dietitian, Preventive Cardiology Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in heart disease management and prevention. Her nutrition practice is located in New York, but she helps clients worldwide optimize their nutrition. 

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition and completed her nutrition dietetic training residency at New York University. She has over 10 years of experience counseling individuals and families on chronic disease prevention and management through personalized, science-based nutrition, and lifestyle medicine. 

Michelle works with individuals to address their underlying root causes of heart disease. In her practice, she helps reduce risk factors by addressing abnormal blood work, assisting with managing chronic diseases, and helping optimize nutritional intake. She merges science-based nutrition with lifestyle routines, food and cultural preferences, and medical history to yield long-lasting heart healthy results. 

Due to her extensive expertise in cardiac health, Michelle is on the board of several organizations including Forbes Health Advisory Board and The National Menopause Foundation.

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In the 1 to 1 program you receive a personalized health resource guide and customized meal plan to reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This program provides undivided attention as you address the underlying root causes of heart disease, optimize your laboratory parameters, reduce and manage your risk factors, and address challenges that you may encounter. The goal is to give you more confidence in your heart health journey.

1:1 Coaching

The 6-week heart optimization group coaching program is a deep dive into science-based heart healthy nutrition. This program involves weekly group calls with Michelle with a focus on education and lifestyle changes. The goal is to help you learn how to implement it into your life. Additionally, this program also offers a close-knit learning community to provide encouragement and relatability on your heart health journey.

Group Coaching

“I wish I met Michelle before my heart attack. Since we worked together in her VIP program, I have gotten off my blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medications - medications I took for years before. My blood tests and weight have never looked better and I haven’t had this much energy in years. Not only am I achieving my goals, it is easy to continue doing it. The food she recommends for me is tasty and easy to make with my busy schedule.”


A cardiac dietitian, sometimes called a heart health nutritionist, specializes in providing medical nutrition therapy for patients with heart disease or who are at high risk for developing heart disease. This can also include those who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. 

A cardiology dietitian doesn’t just help those at risk of a heart attack, they also work with clients with heart failure, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, and familial hypercholesterolemia. Basically, if a condition impacts the heart or vascular system, a cardiac dietitian can help you make evidence-based lifestyle changes to lower your risk of complications.

By providing tailored nutrition and lifestyle advice that is scientifically backed, a heart health dietitian helps you make the best changes to improve your overall health and well-being. Using nutrition as a way to treat or prevent a disease is called medical nutrition therapy. Only registered dietitians are legally allowed to practice medical nutrition therapy.

While sometimes used interchangeably a nutritionist and dietitian are not the same. A registered dietitian is a regulated profession that has rigorous education and training requirements, which is what allows them to manage illnesses with dietary changes. 

A nutritionist is typically less regulated than a dietitian and does not require a standard educational background. Nutritionists are not allowed to practice medical nutrition therapy but can help with general health and wellness. 

While both dietitians and nutritionists can assist in promoting nutritional health, dietitians have a more clinical focus. If you are looking for help to improve your heart health, a cardiac dietitian is the best practitioner to help you manage this important medical condition. 

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