FIT Insights

The FIT Insights offers a biweekly blog of the impact of American Heart Association (AHA) science on the practice and research of cardiovascular and stroke professionals from the next-generation of healthcare professionals (Fellows in Training). Here, you'll gain fresh perspectives and insights on the ways late-breaking science influences patient care and research.

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  • FIT Insights - Go to Bed! For Cardiovascular Health, Sufficient Sleep is Essential
    June 15, 2019 | Dipika Gopal, MD
    Before you start reading, check the clock. What time is it? Should you be asleep right now? Think back to the last time you had eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and felt completely rested in the morning when waking up. My bet is not in a long while. In an effort to pack our lives with productive, meaningful experiences, we have forgotten that sleep is a necessary, integral part of maintaining our mental and physical health.
  • FIT Insights - Yoga-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Solution to Close the Global Health Gap
    June 1, 2019 | Estefania Oliveros, MD
    A simple form of exercise believed to have originated more than 5,000 years ago may hold promise as an alternative to conventional cardiac rehabilitation programs and a way to address the unmet needs of cardiac rehabilitation for patients in low- and middle-income countries. That’s the conclusion of a recent article in Circulation that details findings from the Yoga-CaRe trial presented Nov. 10, 2018 at AHA Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago, Ill.
  • FIT Insights - Elaine Urbina: Reflections from Her Career in Preventative Cardiology
    May 15, 2019 | Kevin S. Shah, MD
    As the Director of Preventative Cardiology in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Elaine Urbina has seen the frightening truth of what’s happening to our children. In an interview, she shared her thoughts on the problem of childhood obesity and what could help alleviate it – while also offering encouragement and advice for early career professionals.
  • FIT Insights - Sedentary behavior: what we know so far and how this impacts our patients’ health
    May 1, 2019 | Lina Ya’qoub, MD
    With the advancing technology and lifestyle changes over the past few decades, sedentary life has become increasingly prevalent in the US and worldwide. There is accumulating evidence that sedentary life might be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and all-cause mortality.