Lifestyle Management: Primary Prevention of CAD | Harvard Medical School Continuing Education

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How do lifestyle factors contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Which factors are the most important to address for lowering CVD risk?

Dr. Romit Bhattacharya, MD, reviews the development of cardiovascular disease while identifying key lifestyle factors that contribute to cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis. The role of genetics is highlighted, and guidelines for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease through lifestyle modifications are identified and discussed.

00:00 | Introduction
00:25 | Overview of cardiovascular disease development
01:28 | Genetic risk vs lifestyle
02:32 | Lifestyle risk factors for developing CVD
03:51 | Lifestyle interventions for reducing CVD

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