In this webinar hosted by NCCS, Cardiologist Dr. Norrisa Haynes of Yale University presents the basics of heart disease, including risk factors and the interplay between heart disease and cancer. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death worldwide, despite medical advancements, and can result from risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity.
Dr. Haynes discusses cardiotoxicity, a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that can result in heart disease. To manage cardiovascular risk factors, she suggests adopting heart-healthy lifestyle modifications, such as healthy eating, fitness, sleep, and blood pressure management. Specific heart-healthy modifications are recommended, including consuming more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and foods low in saturated and trans fats. Dr. Haynes emphasizes the importance of physical activity and sleep, provides tips for managing blood pressure and cholesterol levels and encourages individuals to schedule regular check-ups with their health care providers and monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and weight.
The presentation also discusses disparities in cardiovascular mortality and access to health care. Individuals can reduce their risk of heart disease and improve their overall health and well-being by adopting heart-healthy lifestyle modifications and staying proactive in managing their heart health.
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This webinar is a part of NCCS’s Cancer Policy and Advocacy Team (CPAT) program for survivorship advocates passionate about improving cancer care. Learn more at https://canceradvocacy.org/cpat.
About Dr. Norrisa Haynes
Norrisa Haynes MD, MPH, MSHP, is an assistant professor in the cardiology division at Yale University. She specializes in echocardiography and global health. Dr. Haynes’ research interests include leveraging technology and medical education to build capacity in low resource settings both abroad and in the United States. Dr. Haynes served as a member of the ACC/AHA joint guidelines committee and is a member of the ACC FIT Women in Cardiology group (WIC). Dr. Haynes also serves on the board of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC).
Dr. Haynes attended Yale University for her undergraduate studies where she received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She went on to complete her medical school and internal medicine training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During medical school, she received a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University. After residency, she worked for Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti for 2 years at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) as a junior attending. During those two years, she also worked as a Harvard Medical School instructor and Brigham hospitalist. After spending 2 years in Haiti, she completed her cardiology fellowship at UPenn where she also obtained a Master of Science in Health Policy (MSHP).