#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease – Erin Michos, M.D.

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease – Erin Michos, M.D.


[MUSIC] At this time about one out of every
three people will ultimately die from cardiovascular diseases which
includes heart disease and stroke. Hello, I’m Erin Michos, I’m an
associate professor at Johns Hopkins and I’m a preventive cardiologist
and an epidemiologist. What this means is that
I study populations of individuals to determine
new risk factors that may contribute to
cardiovascular diseases. I study a variety of topics
including nutrition, fitness, and blood markers of cholesterols,
fats, inflammation, and vitamin D. For example, I recently found
that calcium supplements, commonly taken by many adults, may contribute to plaque buildup
in the heart’s arteries. I’m also interested in understanding
mechanisms of heart disease, specifically in women, which may
be different than those in men. Identifying those at
risk is the first step towards developing strategies for
preventing cardiovascular disease which is the number
one killer of men and women in the United States and
in developed countries world wide. But the good news is that cardio
vascular disease is largely preventable, and that death rates are declining
do to advances in prevention. [MUSIC]

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