Read below to investigate the question "How does cardiovascular disease increase the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19". This article, written by Dr. Lee Lewis, explains the most recent literature on the topic and what we can all do to prevent infection.
"We are proud to share this COVID-19 fact sheet, available in multiple languages, developed by a talented and innovative group of our very own Harvard Medical students. Please feel free to share with friends and family." Dara Lee Lewis, MD
Read Dr. Kelley-Hedgepeths article in the Harvard faculty blog to learn how healthy lifestyle matters with diabetes. This article reviews the lifestyle and metabolic health goals you should you strive for, whether or not you have diabetes.
Lowering LDL levels has been shown to lower CVD risk, but jut how far to lower LDL has remained controversial. Read Dr. Lee Lewis's article to investigate the potential benefits of lowering LDL beyond our previous target of 70 mg/dL.
Many people say they do not have the time to work out, but according to a recent study of how Americans typically spend their waking hours, almost all of us have far more leisure time than we think we do. Read this New York Times article to learn about how dialing back screen viewing might be a simple tip to start your new year off right!
Read Dr. Lee Lewis's article to gain insight on the question the cardiology community has debated for decades: "how best to treat a patient with stable coronary artery disease". This article highlights the findings of the ISCHEMIA trial and compares whether it is best to take a conservative or invasive approach to manage patients with CAD.
Curious about the connection between fish oil and heart health? Read Dr. Kelley-Hedgepeth's article posted on the Harvard Health Blog to investigate the potential protective benefits of fish oil supplementation.
Read Dr. Lee Lewis's article on Harvard Medical School's health blog to learn about the dangers of insufficient sodium. This article investigates how much sodium we really need and ways in which "moderation is key".
Wondering what your 10-year risk of developing heart disease may be? Get an idea using this simple calculator tool.
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