Learn to change your lifestyle for a healthy heart! Dr. Nicole Harkin, MD is a cardiology specialist and the founder of Whole Heart Cardiology, a virtual practice that focuses on the care of women in the area of heart health prevention. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 2009, completed her residency in internal medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and did her fellowship in cardiology at New York University. With over 11 years of experience in the medical field, she specializes in the evaluation and treatment of acute symptoms, as well as her true passion: collaborating with patients to help them feel better, prevent, and reverse chronic diseases, thus improving their lifestyle. She does a wonderful job helping patients achieve their goals, feel better, and prosper.
- Nicole explains how it is still not recognized that heart disease is responsible for more deaths in women than all cancers combined.
- She says it is enriching to know that genes are important, but they are not destiny.
- She talks about risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, etc.
- She talks about how to lower cholesterol: plant-based diet and exercising at least 150 minutes a week.
- She discusses the difference between LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein).
- Nicole explains the Dash Diet and the importance of homemade meals to reduce salt consumption.