Cardiovascular Disease in the Filipino American Community: Revisiting Our Beloved Filipino-Comfort Foods

Filipino Americans make up the 3rd largest Asian American group with about 4.2 million living in the United States1. The burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in this group is significant, with 1 in 3 having CVD and a 48% increase in Filipina women undergoing coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous intervention (from 3% to 51%)2. Even … Read more

Afraid of What’s in Vaccines? Here Are 5 Things You Ingest or are Exposed to Everyday Without Thinking Twice About Their Effects on Your Body and Heart Health

The American divide regarding the COVID-19 vaccine is a passionate topic for everyone. This article is not intended to prove to readers why getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is safe but to provide some insight on the daily decisions we don’t think twice about that have both theoretical and established health consequences. The beef you eat … Read more

Fruits, Vegetables, Wholegrains, Plant proteins, and your Heart

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death in Western countries and accounts for 17.3 million deaths/year globally1. In the United States, one in every three deaths are caused by CVD, and more than 130 million adults are projected to express CVD by 2035 clinically1. The unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, obesity, stress, smoking, … Read more

The New Phase of the Prevention Pyramid–the Primordial Prevention

You are what your mother eats: launch a new generation into a lifetime of ideal cardiovascular health ––#AHA21 Recap from presidential lecture by Dr. Don Lloyd-Jones, AHA President My PhD research was focused on maternal nutrition and epigenetics. When I started graduate school, the field of epigenetics just started to make some splash in the … Read more

Blood pressure and the consumption of sodium and potassium, which is more important?

Nutrition is one of many lifestyle factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Specifically, both sodium and potassium are known to influence the regulation of blood pressure (raising and/or lowering). The dysregulation of blood pressure is related to either too much sodium or little potassium (1-2). Jackson et. al., 2018, surveyed 765 participants to obtain estimates … Read more

Nutrition in the New Year: What is Our Role as Cardiologists?

As we embark on this new year, we are bound to field questions from our patients (and likely, family members) centered around the most popular new year’s resolution: Eating healthier. Reflecting upon my own answers to these questions in clinic over the years, I realize they have been some combination of: “Eat smaller portions.” “Eat … Read more

A New Year, A New Story: Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle in 2019

A new year presents a new opportunity for improvement. Each year, thousands of advertisements beckon us to join or buy the most recent fitness and wellness craze – wearable technologies, personal coaching, pea protein and oat milk. However, if trends are not your thing, you may find it reassuring that “traditional” fitness and wellness strategies (e.g., … Read more

Improving Vascular Health: Nutritional Coaching

There has been an ongoing misconception of weight being a consequence of over-nutrition. The relationship between calorie intake versus calories spent continues to overshadow the biological forces that resist the maintenance of weight. Although scientists started to recognize obesity as a chronic disease in 1985, it was about 28 years later before the American Medical … Read more