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Heart Health Update: New CV Guidelines and News on the Mediterranean Diet

By James Beckerman, MD and Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain risk markers for heart health and concepts behind the most recent heart health guidelines.
  2. Describe the Mediterranean Diet, how this pattern of eating impacts heart health, and how to make it practical and enjoyable.


The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released a new clinical practice guideline for the treatment of blood cholesterol in people at high risk for cardiovascular diseases caused by atherosclerosis, hardening and narrowing of the arteries – which can lead to heart attack, stroke or death.  Respected Cardiologist Dr. James Beckerman will review the AHA/ACC guidelines and highlight the scientific evidence behind heart-healthy lifestyle factors that can improve cardiovascular health and reduce heart disease risk. Specifically, the heart-health research surrounding the Mediterranean diet, known for its abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and good fats including olive oil and nuts such as walnuts, will be examined. Nutrition expert, Dr. Wendy Bazilian will present the latest evidence showcasing the protective heart health qualities of this eating pattern emphasizing implications for practice.

Speaker Bios

James Beckerman, MD

James Beckerman, MD is a cardiologist at the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute in Portland, OR and the recent Chair of the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.  He graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford University. Dr. Beckerman serves as the Medical Director of Play Smart Youth Heart Screenings and is the team cardiologist for the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer.  He serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of WebMD and is the author of The Flex Diet.

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD

Wendy is a writer, researcher, educator, food enthusiast and award-winning journalist. She brings extensive experience in nutrition science and counseling to her work. Dr. Bazilian received her doctorate from the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University and was awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Award. Dr. Bazilian graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University, and received her Master’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego. She is a registered dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine-certified Health and Fitness Specialist. Dr. Bazilian led the nutrition program at Golden Door fitness resort and spa for more than a decade and is co-owner of Bazilian’s Health Clinic in San Diego. She is author of “The SuperFoodsRx Diet.” and has contributed to a number of books including the James Beard- and IACP-nominated “Golden Door Cooks at Home,” and the original New York Times bestseller “SuperFoodsRx.”

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