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Plant Based Eating for Heart Health
February 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presented by the California Lawyers Association’s Health and Wellness Committee. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Lifestyle, including regular exercise and a healthy diet, are potent in greatly reducing the risk of heart disease. Learn about how a plant-based diet can help keep your heart healthy during Heart Health Month. Speaker: Dr. Heather Shenkman
Heather Shenkman, MD, FACC, is an interventional cardiologist in practice in Tarzana, California. Originally from the Detroit area, she attended medical school at Albany Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and her interventional cardiology fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through not only medication, but also a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise.
Dr. Shenkman has followed a plant-based diet since 2005. She is an avid athlete, having completed over 100 events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several 100-mile century cycling events.
Dr. Shenkman is a strong believer in a plant-based diet for heart health, as numerous studies have demonstrated its benefits in the prevention and even reversal of coronary artery disease. A plant-based diet has fueled her athletic success, and she encourages her patients toward this diet for their own health as well.
Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for the California chapter of the American College of Cardiology, representing cardiologists in the San Fernando Valley.