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Get Moving for Better Heart Health

From the Show: HER
Summary: Work on your core strength and aerobic fitness for better heart health.
Air Date: 7/21/16
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Jennifer Haythe, MD
Dr. Jennifer HaytheDr. Jennifer Haythe is a practicing Cardiologist as well as the Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, Co-Director for the Women’s Center for Cardiovascular Health, Director of the Adult Pulmonary Hypertension Center and Director of Cardiac Obstetric Service.

Born in New York City, and raised in both Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Haythe used her competitiveness and determination as a horseback rider at Greenwich Academy to excel at academics as well. Never one to sit still for long, Dr. Haythe knew early on that a regular desk job would not work for her. Drawing on an early love of science and desire to help others made pursuing a career in the medical field a natural fit.

Dr. Haythe went earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and went on to complete her medical training and residency at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003. Initially planning a career in Pulmonary Critical Care, Dr. Haythe decided to switch to Cardiology after speaking with her mentor Dr. Donna Mancini.

Upon completing a fellowship for congestive-heart failure-cardiac transplants in 2005 (under Dr. Mancini), and cardiovascular diseases fellowship in 2009, Dr. Haythe began practicing at Columbia University Medical Center. Her specialties include pulmonary hypertension, heart failure and cardiac transplant.

Despite Cardiology being a heavily male dominated medical field, Dr. Haythe has become a sought after specialist in New York City, with particular interest in both chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and the care of pregnant women with cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Haythe continues to find her own motivation and determination through the strong patient and family relationships she has forged, and the gratification of helping her patients get a new life with a heart transplant or assist devices, allowing patients to be able to live a full life with their families, as well as helping pregnant women safely deliver children and be able to care for them with post-delivery health care.

Dr. Haythe lives and practices in New York City. When not working, she enjoys an active lifestyle that includes running, boxing and yoga, as well as spending time with her husband, Eli and their two children.
Get Moving for Better Heart Health
Exercise is a crucial part of protecting your heart health.

Aerobic and core fitness are both necessary. Don't let a sedentary lifestyle result in a cardiovascular disease diagnosis.

Your body needs 30-45 minutes of exercise five days a week. Moderately strenuous aerobic exercise, including walking, makes a difference.

If you’re lacking motivation, try getting a smartphone app. Couch 2 5K takes seven weeks to get you from couch potato status to running a 5k distance. Do a little research to find what might work well for you.

Stop worrying about getting thin. Concern yourself with getting fit.

Listen in as Dr. Jenn Haythe shares how you can get moving for better heart health.

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