Sherrie Khadanga, MD, a COBRE project director at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, cardiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and assistant professor at UVM Larner College of Medicine was interviewed by the University of Vermont Medical Center for their coronavirus publication series. The article, “The Pandemic’s Heart-Breaking Side Effect: Sitting, Sitting, Sitting,” highlights how the pandemic has forced a slowdown of our lives and created a more sedentary lifestyle.
Dr. Khadanga importantly points out that “As many as 250,000 deaths per year are attributed to a lack of regular physical activity.” She explains that “people don’t realize that lack of exercise is an independent risk factor for development and progression of heart disease.”
Prior to the pandemic, only 19 percent of women and 26 percent of men typically met the recommended guidelines for exercise. Dr. Khandaga and other experts worry that these numbers have dropped since COVID-19.
Learn more from Dr. Khadanga, including tips to get moving around the house, how much exercise you should get, and raising your heart rate in this webinar, "Keeping Your Heart and Brain Healthy During COVID-19."