Has Your Lifestyle Changed During the Pandemic? Learn How That Could Impact Your Heart from a D-H Cardiologist

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I’m looking forward to this conversation, in light of Heart Month, to help empower people with life-saving information about their cardiovascular health so they know the right questions to ask, what to watch out for and when to get help from their doctor.

Kerrilynn C. Hennessey, MD

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts into virtually all areas of our lives, including lifestyle choices. From being more sedentary due to working from home, to changed eating habits, to consuming more alcohol, all can be detrimental to overall health, especially cardiovascular health.

In an upcoming installment of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health’s (D-HH) Healthy Living Series, Kerrilynn C. Hennessey, MD, a cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), will share the latest information on how the pandemic has shifted heart health risk factors. She will also talk about why it’s important to maintain your annual wellness appointments, avoid delays in care when it comes to your heart, and other critical preventive measures. Hennessey will answer questions from participants during this live conversation.

“Less than half women that are surveyed know that cardiovascular disease is their number-one health threat,” Hennessey said. “If you're not aware of it, it's very difficult for you to treat or prevent heart disease. I’m looking forward to this conversation, in light of Heart Month, to help empower people with life-saving information about their cardiovascular health so they know the right questions to ask, what to watch out for, and when to get help from their doctor.”

Hennessey also recently sat down with D-H and D-HH CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD, to discuss Heart Month as part of Conroy’s “Connect with the CEO” series. That conversation can be viewed on the D-H YouTube channel.

“Heart Health in a Pandemic” will be held on Wednesday, February 23, at 6 pm. Registration is free of charge and required to participate. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3Bw8wxX.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK HEALTH (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across Northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,400 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.