Dr. Goldberg explains if exercise and diet will help prevent heart disease in women.
It’s one of the many tools that we have to prevent heart disease. For instance, exercise lowers risk for heart disease and it’s something as simple as taking a walk at about a pace of three and a half miles per hour, which really you don’t have to be out there with the speedometer, but what you do need is a feeling of, that you’re working out and you’re breathing a little heavier, but you can still talk.
Actually walking about 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for having a heart attack about 40%. So, it’s not simply just taking a walk, it’s really an effective tool. So, aerobic conditioning is the kind of exercise you want to do to prevent heart disease and that’s the most studied, although we now have good studies on strength training, that strength training, in addition to aerobic conditioning, can lower your percentage of body fat, and certainly you want to have more muscle, not only because of how you look, but because obesity is one of the leading risk factors for heart disease and particularly belly fat.
And belly fat not only increases your risk for heart disease, but also diabetes. They go hand-in-hand, and the most effective way to get rid of belly fat is with exercise and actually reducing the amount of sugar in your diet.
About Dr. Nieca Goldberg, M.D.:
Dr. Nieca Goldberg is a cardiologist and a nationally recognized pioneer in women’s heart health. Her New York City practice Total Heart Care focuses primarily on caring for women. Dr. Goldberg is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of NYU Women’s Heart Program, the Co-Medical Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign – an association for which she has volunteered for over 15 years and been a board member in NYC. She was formerly the Chief of Women’s Cardiac Care at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.